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(bapt. Sanlúcar de Barrameda, nr. Cadiz, 3 Nov. 1564; bur. Seville, 27 Nov. 1644). Spanish painter and writer, active in Seville. He was a man of great culture, a poet and scholar as well as a painter, and his house was the focus of Seville's artistic life (Palomino describes it as a meeting place for ‘the greatest minds’ in the city). As a painter he was undistinguished, working in a stiff academic style (though his portraits are fresher than his religious works).

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