Francisco de Herrera

Herrera, Francisco de

 

(the Elder; Spanish, el Viejo). Born 1576 in Sevilla; died 1656 in Madrid. Spanish painter.

A leading member of the Sevilla school, Herrera moved to Madrid in 1650. He studied Italian art, particularly the Venetian painters, and went on to become the first teacher of D. Velaz quez. At the height of his career, Herrera produced religious paintings that were striking in their realistic representations of people. His works are marked by a broad range of style and by skillful rendering of chiaroscuro. Notable examples of his artistry are the paintings from the life of St. Bonaventure that were com missioned by the Franciscan convent in Sevilla (1629) and the painting Saint Basil Preaching His Doctrine (1639, Louvre, Paris). Herrera also produced genre paintings, engravings, and medals.

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Copied in 1671 by Friar Francisco de Herrera (16); vellum.
Nowadays, the signatures of friars Francisco de Pena Herrera, Francisco de Herrera, and Balthazar Benites are the only testament to their skilfulness as scribes in the Church of San Francisco de Quito.
From his birth in Seville in 1599, through to his training first with Francisco de Herrera the Elder and then with Francisco Pacheco, his move to Madrid where he soon came to the notice of Philip IV and thereafter was the king's favourite artist, his visits to Italy and his eventual elevation to the nobility--all this is well documented.