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El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Candia, Crete (Greece), 1541 - Toledo (Spain), 1614
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Candia, Crete (Greece), 1541 - Toledo (Spain), 1614

This Spanish painter of Greek origin was born in the capital city of the Isle of Crete, which then belonged to the Republic of Venice. His family was Greek, but probably Catholic rather than Orthodox, [+]

Theotocópuli, Jorge Manuel
Toledo, 1578 - Toledo (Spain), 1631
Theotocópuli, Jorge Manuel
Toledo, 1578 - Toledo (Spain), 1631

Jorge Manuel's artistic personality depended directly on that of his brilliant father, El Greco. He was trained and worked in his father's workshop until the latter's death, although he also worked on [+]

Morán, Santiago
Madrid (Spain), Ca. 1571 - Valladolid (Spain), 1626
Morán, Santiago
Madrid (Spain), Ca. 1571 - Valladolid (Spain), 1626

Very little is known about this painter who worked mainly as a portraitist. His first known mention dates from 1597 and links him to Madrid and to Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, with whom he had special con [+]

Tristán, Luis
Toledo?, 1580/85 - Toledo (Spain), 1624
Tristán, Luis
Toledo?, 1580/85 - Toledo (Spain), 1624

One of the most outstanding representatives of painting from Toledo during the early 17th-century, an especially fertile period for that city. The earliest mention of Tristán links him to Toledo's mos [+]

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Pieve Di Cadore, Belluno, Veneto (Italy), Ca. 1490 - Venice (Italy), 1576
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Pieve Di Cadore, Belluno, Veneto (Italy), Ca. 1490 - Venice (Italy), 1576

Born to an important family from Cadore, Titan arrived in Venice around 1500-1502. There, after first working in Giovanni Bellini’s workshop, he entered that of his older brother Gentile Bellini. Arou [+]

Sánchez Cotán, Juan
Orgaz, Toledo, 1560 - Granada, 1627
Sánchez Cotán, Juan
Orgaz, Toledo, 1560 - Granada, 1627

The earliest Spanish painter with extant still lifes, most of which were painted before 1603. Baptized in his hometown’s parish church on June 25, 1560, he lived and worked in Toledo. He may have been [+]

Sánchez Coello, Alonso
Benifairó del Valls, Valencia (Spain), 1531/32 - Madrid (Spain), 1588
Sánchez Coello, Alonso
Benifairó del Valls, Valencia (Spain), 1531/32 - Madrid (Spain), 1588

At the age of ten, Alonso Sánchez Coello moved with his family to Portugal, where he began his first art studies. John III, king of Portugal, was aware of his talent and in 1550 he paid the young arti [+]

Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Játiva, Valencia (Spain), 1591 - Naples (Italy), 1652
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Játiva, Valencia (Spain), 1591 - Naples (Italy), 1652

Chronologically, José de Ribera is the first of the great Spanish masters to emerge in the middle decades of the 17th century. His earliest training as an artist is still the object of conjecture, but [+]

Poussin, Nicolas
Les Andelys, Normandy, 1594 - Rome, 1665
Poussin, Nicolas
Les Andelys, Normandy, 1594 - Rome, 1665

Poussin is the most important 17th-century French painter and the absolute master of classicism. He trained in the region where he was born with an artist of the final stage of Mannerism and later in [+]

Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan
Valladolid (Spain), Ca. 1553 - Madrid (Spain), 1608
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan
Valladolid (Spain), Ca. 1553 - Madrid (Spain), 1608

A painter of religious works, still lifes and some frescoes, Juan Pantoja de la Cruz began his career as a portraitist during the reign of Philip II after collaborating with Alonso Sánchez Coello in t [+]

Pacheco, Francisco
Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Spain), 1564 - Sevilla (Spain), 1644
Pacheco, Francisco
Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Spain), 1564 - Sevilla (Spain), 1644

While this Spanish painter and theorist's painting was never outstanding, his theories reveal the richness of that medium and the singularity of the personnages he had the opportunity to meet, reflect [+]

Orrente, Pedro de
Murcia (Spain), 1580 - Valencia (Spain), 1645
Orrente, Pedro de
Murcia (Spain), 1580 - Valencia (Spain), 1645

Known as "the Spanish Bassano," Orrente was highly successful in his time and was admired as a follower of the formulas established by that famous family of Venetian artists, especially in his series [+]

Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
Sevilla, 1617 - Sevilla, 1682
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
Sevilla, 1617 - Sevilla, 1682

Murillo was apparently a calm and sweet natured man, a fact which might explain some aspects of his personal artistic expression. Born into a family of many siblings, he was orphaned as a child and ta [+]

Giordano, Luca
Naples (Italy), 1634 - Naples (Italy), 1705
Giordano, Luca
Naples (Italy), 1634 - Naples (Italy), 1705

During his life, Luca Giordano enjoyed a popularity in both Italy and Spain that plummeted after his death, due to two prejudices that have lasted until quite recently. The first was an association of [+]

Dyck, Anthony van
Antwerp (Belgium), 1599 - London, 1641
Dyck, Anthony van
Antwerp (Belgium), 1599 - London, 1641

The most important early-17th-century Flemish painter after Rubens, Van Dyck was considered Rubens’ equal by the 18th century. Born in Antwerp, the Spanish Netherlands’ main mercantile and cultural ce [+]

Carvajal, Luis de
Toledo (Spain), 1556 - Madrid (Spain), 1607
Carvajal, Luis de
Toledo (Spain), 1556 - Madrid (Spain), 1607

Born in Toledo in 1556, he was the half-brother of sculptor Juan Bautista Monegro and a disciple of painter Juan Villoldo, who had trained with Alonso Berruguete. He completed his training in Italy, w [+]

Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Avilés, Asturias (Spain), 1614 - Madrid (Spain), 1685
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Avilés, Asturias (Spain), 1614 - Madrid (Spain), 1685

Born into a noble family of the Principality of Asturias, Carreño de Miranda received his early training in Madrid at the workshop of Pedro de las Cuevas, where he may have coincided with Antonio de P [+]

Carducho, Bartolomé
Florence (Italy), Ca. 1560 - Madrid (Spain), 1608
Carducho, Bartolomé
Florence (Italy), Ca. 1560 - Madrid (Spain), 1608

Of this Italian painter, sculptor and architect, Ceán Bermúdez observed: "Few painters from Italy have been as useful for the fine arts in Spain as Carducho." And indeed, he is a key figure for unders [+]

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