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date: 19 October 2019

Cano, Alonsolocked

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Spanish, 17th century, male.

Born 1601, in Granada, where he was baptised 19 March; died 5 October 1667, in Granada.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, architect. Religious subjects, portraits.

Granada School.

Alonso Cano is one of the most interesting figures in Spanish art because of his universality. Like Michelangelo he was a painter, sculptor and architect and it is truly difficult to decide in which of these three art forms he excelled the most. He was the son of a sculptor-cabinet maker who constructed reredos. He was baptised in Granada on 19th March 1601 and studied firstly with his father, then in Seville where his family had settled in 1615. His masters were Francisco Pacheco who was also the master of Velázquez and Juan del Castillo who would in turn tutor the child Murillo. At the same time he studied sculpture with Juan Martínez Montañés and from 1625 he began to make something of a name for himself....

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