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(bapt. Granada, 19 Mar. 1601; d Granada, 3 Sept. 1667). Spanish sculptor, painter, architect, and draughtsman, sometimes called ‘the Spanish Michelangelo’ because of the diversity of his talents. He spent most of his career successively in Seville, Madrid, and Granada, but he also worked in Valencia and Malaga. Some of his movements were dictated by his eventful personal life, for more than once he left a city hastily or under a cloud after brushes with the law.

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