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González Ruiz, Antonio
Corella (Spain), 1711 - Madrid (Spain), 1788
González Ruiz, Antonio
Corella (Spain), 1711 - Madrid (Spain), 1788

A pupil of Houasse in Madrid between 1726–30, he travelled at his own expense to Paris, Rome and Naples where he completed his education. Upon his return in 1737, he became acquainted with the court milieu, worked for the Palace, and was a member of the Preparatory Board for the foundation of the Royal Academy of Noble Arts beginning in 1744. He married a daughter of the engraver Juan Bernabé Palo

Nani, Mariano
Naples (Italy), 1725 - Madrid (Spain), 1806
Nani, Mariano
Naples (Italy), 1725 - Madrid (Spain), 1806

Mariano Nani, arrived in Spain in 1759 as a painter/decorator for the Buen Retiro Royal Factory. Born in Naples, he was the son of Giacomo Nani, a less gifted still life artist who traveled with him to Spain. Information in different archives shows that he was an anxious nonconformist, dissatisfied with his work at Buen Retiro, which kept him from oil painting, “his main work”, as he said in 1769.

Mengs, Anton Raphael
Aussig (Czech Republic), 1728 - Rome (Italy), 1779
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Aussig (Czech Republic), 1728 - Rome (Italy), 1779

This German painter and treatise-writer was the most outstanding proponent of early neoclassicism. He began art studies in Dresden under the severe supervision of his father, Ismael Mengs, a painter at the court of Saxony. Between 1741 and 1744, he lived with his father and brothers in Rome, where he was able to study classical Antiquity and the works of Michelangelo and Raphael at the Vatican. Du

Joli, Antonio
Modena (Italy), 1700 - Naples (Italy), 1777
Joli, Antonio
Modena (Italy), 1700 - Naples (Italy), 1777

According to historian Girolamo Tiraboschi, Antonio Joli was a disciple of perspective painter Raffaelo Menia Rinaldi in Modena and later, in Rome, of Giovanni Paolo Panini, a painter of idealized landscapes with classical ruins whose influence on Joli's style was decisive. In 1732, Joli began his career painting theater sets in Venice, one of the most important centers for Italian opera at that t

Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 30.3.1746 - Bordeaux (France), 16.4.1828
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 30.3.1746 - Bordeaux (France), 16.4.1828

Goya was born unexpectedly in his mother’s birthplace, Fuendetodos. His parents, Braulio José Goya, a gilder; and Gracia Lucientes, from a family of wealthy farmers, actually lived in Zaragoza, where they had married in 1736. Francisco was the fourth of six siblings: Rita (1737), Tomás (1739), who was also a gilder and is sometimes mentioned as a painter; Jacinta (1743), Mariano (1750), who died i

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