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M. A. Mazón de la Torre

[Chabacier, José]

(b Calatayud, 1601; d Saragossa, before Sept 1653).

Spanish painter. He was of Jewish ancestry and was baptized in the parish church of S Andrés, Calatayud, on 21 March 1601. Jusepe was the only child of Domingo Chabacier and Juana de Solimon; the surname Leonardo came from his paternal family. His mother died in 1611, his father remarried three months later, and Leonardo moved to Madrid in 1612. His initial training was probably under Vicente Carducho, but from 1616 until 1621 he studied under Pedro de las Cuevas. In February 1621 he married María de Cuellar, the widow of the painter Francisco del Moral (d 1615).

Leonardo’s earliest known works, two paintings of the Annunciation (Toledo, parish church of Casarrubios del Monte, and Silos, S Domingo, Sacristy), both dated between 1621 and 1625, show the influence of Eugenio Cajés, with whom he had probably collaborated on a previous occasion. In six large paintings for the high altar of the church of Santiago, Cebreros, Ávila, a ...