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(bapt. Madrid, 7 Nov. 1635; d Madrid, 30 May 1675). Spanish painter, active in Madrid. Like Murillo in Seville, he had a penchant for paintings of the Immaculate Conception (an example, c.1670, is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford), and his colourful, sweet style has much in common with Murillo's. His temperament was anything but sweet, however, for he was renowned for his arrogance and vanity. According to Palomino, he died of a fever after overexerting himself and suffering wounds in a fencing bout.

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