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Arredondo, Isidoro

Colmenar de Oreja, Madrid, 1657 - Madrid, 1702

After initial training with José García Hidalgo, he entered the studio of Francisco Rizi and became his most talented disciple. A close family relationship with Rizi—he married one of his teacher's goddaughters—allowed him to obtain the title of king's painter on July 16, 1685, though this was an unsalaried position. Rizi died a month later and Arredondo immediately requested the post of assistant Palace steward, apparently without success. part of his activity under Rizi's direction consisted of painting stage sets, including those for plays presented at the Buen Retiro Palace, as well as those being prepared to celebrate the arrival of Charles II's second wife, Maria Anna of Neuburg, in 1690. Following Charles's death in 1700, Arredondo, Luca Giordano and Francisco Ignacio Ruiz de la Iglesia became appraisers of the Crown's goods. His painting is visibly influenced by Claudio Coello, whom Arredondo approached after Rizi's death. Outstanding among his surviving works are Saint Clare Driving Away the Infidels with the Eucharist and Saint Louis, Bishop, in Glory (both at the Museo del Prado), which were painted in 1693 for the Franciscan convent of Nuestra Señora de Constantinopla in Madrid, and the Stories of Saint Eloy, which he painted in 1693 for the side walls of the main chapel at the church of San Salvador (Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid). He also made frescoes, including the decoration of the queen's quarters and the king's office at the Buen Retiro Palace, and the galería del cierzo at the Alcázar Palace (both destroyed).

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