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(bapt. Orgaz, 25 June 1560; d Granada, 8 Sept. 1627). Spanish painter. He was a still-life painter in Toledo until 1603, when he retired from secular life to become a lay brother at the Carthusian monastery in Granada. The religious works he painted after this date are unexceptional, but as a still-life painter he ranks with the great names of European art. Characteristically he depicts a few simple fruits or vegetables, arranged on a ledge or shelf with an almost geometric clarity and standing out against a dark background (Quince, Cabbage, Melon, Cucumber, c.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)