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López, Juan Pedrolocked

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Venezuelan, 18th century, male.

Born 23 June 1724, in Caracas; died 1787.

Painter, sculptor, gilder.

Juan Pedro López embodies the Creole prosperity and nationalism characteristic of Venezuela in the second half of the 18th century when Venezuela made the transition from a quasi-medieval form of expression to a post-Renaissance style. López and Landaeta were the main representatives of this development. The most important painter in Caracas in the second half of the 18th century, according to Alfredo Boulton, López was also a prolific artist, producing over 150 oil paintings during his 40 year career. This abundance reflects the strong economic development enjoyed in Venezuela at this period. Most of his commissions were for churches in Caracas, particularly the cathedral for which he painted an ...

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