(b ?Madrid, ?1635; d Madrid, 9 Aug 1704). Spanish painter. Born
deaf and dumb, he was a pupil of Antonio de Pereda and was known as
‘el sordillo de Pereda’. He was a prolific artist, although his many
signed works are of unequal quality, largely because in his mature
years his wife frequently obtained commissions at a low price. These
compositions were copied from prints in his studio and were then
only retouched or signed by Arco. Other works of higher quality and
excellent technique show Pereda’s influence, particularly in the
treatment of still-life objects. The human figures that he
portrayed, however, usually represent a characteristic type, with a
triangular-shaped face and large, bulging eyes. He was a typical
representative of the Madrid school and was also a good colourist.
El cardenal Juan Everardo Nithard
Convento de Sta. María Magdalena
Santa Maria de la Cabeza
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