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Corte, Juan de la

Antwerp (Belgium), 1585 - Madrid (Spain), 1662

Nothing is known of this Flemish-born Spanish painter's early training. The biographer of Spanish painters, Palomino, affirmed that he was born in Spain, but this was disproved by his testament, which lists his place of birth as the Flemish city of Antwerp. There are also documents in which he himself declares that he was trained in Flanders, where "he practiced his trade for many years." He has hence been related to Flemish artists of his time that powerfully influenced his art through either personal contact or the study of their works. We know that by 1613, at the very latest, he was already working in Spain and that his work at court led him to unsuccessfully request the post of royal painter left vacant by Bartolomé González's death in 1627. There is therefore no documentary proof of Palomino's reference to him as one of the king's painters. He did, however, enjoy moderate success in Madrid, and his works appear in numerous inventories of noblemen from that time. He also received royal commissions, including a cycle of works on bible stories that he painted for the Buen Retiro Palace. He himself described his work as "architectures, battles and landscapes," genres in which he was highly esteemed by his contemporaries. Of particular interest is his treatment of mythological subjects in various cycles of canvases that offer a singularly majestic panorama of subject matter that was not at all common in Spain at that time. Another outstanding aspect of his work was the proliferation of architectural perspectives clearly linked to northern treatise writers, especially Vredeman de Vries. His style was anchored in earlier traditions and was clearly modest and archaic, but his uncommon choice of subject matter makes his work worthy of recall (Encilopedia Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2006, vol III, pp. 854-855).

Artworks (6)

El incendio de Troya
Oil on canvas, First half of the XVII century
Corte, Juan de la
Combate naval y turcos saltando al abordaje
Oil on canvas, XVII century
Corte, Juan de la
El rapto de Helena
Oil on canvas, First half of the XVII century
Corte, Juan de la
Batalla de Gascona y batería de un castillo
Oil on canvas, XVII century
Corte, Juan de la
El caballo de Troya
Oil on canvas, XVII century
Corte, Juan de la
Los turcos abandonan las cercanías de Viena (1532)
Oil on canvas, XVII century
Corte, Juan de la

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