(bapt. Seville, 4 May 1622; bur. Seville, 15 Oct. 1690). Spanish painter and etcher, active mainly in Seville. He settled there permanently in 1656 after spending part of his early career in Córdoba, and following Murillo's death in 1682 he was the leading artist in the city. Like Murillo, he was primarily a religious painter, but he was very different in style and approach. He had a penchant for macabre or grotesque subject matter, and his style is characterized by feverish excitability, with a vivid sense of movement, brilliant colouring, and dramatic lighting.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)