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Gaspar Becerra

  • Artist / Creator - Generic image
  

Speciality

Sculpture, Painting

 

 

Date of birth

1520

Date of death

1570
  


" Painter, sketcher and sculptor of the Spanish Renaissance. He laid the foundations for ‘Romanism’ in the schools of northern Spain."

He was born in Baeza, Jaén in 1520, and belongs to the School of Valladolid. He trained as an artist in Rome, where he worked with Vasari on decorating the ceilings of the Chancery, and afterwards with Volterra on the Trintà dei Monti church (Lucrezia della Rovere chapel), where he painted a ‘Nativity’ (1555). In Spain, he produced works such as the ‘Flagellation’, ‘The Sybil’ and ‘The Resurrection’ for the altarpiece in the Chancery of Valladolid. As court painter to Philip II, in about 1563 he worked on a series of frescoes for the Pardo Palace in Torre de la Reina, with Cincinnato and Bergamasco. According to Vicente Carducho, the drawings in the ‘Treatise on Anatomy’ by Juan Valverde are Becerra’s. He died in Madrid in 1570.

Highlighted works

  • The Flagellation
  • The Sybil
  • The Resurrection.
  • Torre de la Reina
  • High altarpiece in Astorga cathedral.
  • High altarpiece in the Reales Descalzas convent, Madrid
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