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(b ?Valladolid, c.1560; d Olivares, nr. Seville, 25 May 1625). Spanish painter. Roelas was a priest and virtually all his work was done for churches and religious houses in and around Seville, where he was the leading painter of his period. He has been called ‘the Spanish Tintoretto’ and ‘the Spanish Veronese’, and the painterly richness of his large multi-figure compositions suggests he had studied in Italy.

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