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Francisco Salzillo.

  • Artist / Creator - Generic image





Date of birth

May 12, 1707

Date of death


" Sculptor. Considered to be one of the most representative makers of religious images in 18th-century Spain, and one of the greatest of the Baroque period."

He was born in Murcia in 1707, the son of the Neapolitan sculptor, Nicolas Salzillo. He started to study Arts with the Jesuits and became a novice in the Dominican Order, but had to leave when he was only 20 to take over his father’s workshop on the death of his father in1727. He was the second of seven children, of whom José Antonio and Patricio would also join the family business. In 1746, he married Juana Vallejo y Taibilla. He always lived in Murcia, and the city now has a museum with some of his most famous pieces, such as the Nativity or the eight stages of the cross on Good Friday in the ‘procession of the Salazillos’. He died in Murcia in 1783.

Essential works

  • Virgin Dolorosa. Albacete Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Virgin Dolorosa

    Bust by the prestigious sculptor Francisco Salzillo following a model which was habitual in this part of the 18th century.

    Albacete Museum (Albacete)

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Other highlighted works

  • The Last Supper
  • The Prayer in the Garden
  • The Arrest
  • The Holy Family
  • St. John
  • Nativity
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