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José de Madrazo

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Date of birth

Apr 22, 1781

Date of death


" Painter and director of the Prado Museum from 1838 to 1857. He was one of the major representatives of Davidian Neoclassicism in Spain, along with José Aparicio and Juan Antonio Ribera."

He was born in Santander in 1781. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid from 1979 to 1801. Gregorio Ferro was his teacher, and by 1803 he had completed his studies as a pensioner of the king in Paris, in the workshop of Jacques-Louis David. He later moved to Rome, where he lived until 1818. In Paris he painted “Jesús en casa de Anás” (Jesus at the House of Anás) (1803) under the influence of his teacher and classical statutory, although the most famous Spanish Neoclassic work, “La muerte de Viriato, jefe de los lusitanos” (The Death of Viriato, King of the Lusitani) (around 1808), corresponds with his residence in Rome and shows his assimilation of John Flaxman’s linear style. He died in Madrid in 1859.

Highlighted works

  • La muerte de Viriato (The Death of Viriato)
  • Jesús en la casa de Anás (Jesus at the House of Anás)
  • El amor divino y el amor profano (Divine Love and Profane Love)
  • Marqués de Santa Marta (Marquis of Saint Martha)
  • Efigie de la Princesa Carini (Effigy of Princess Carini)
  • Manuel García de la Prada
  • Self-portrait
  • Fernando VII a caballo (Philip VII on horseback)
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