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Pedro Berruguete

  • 'Portrait'. Pedro Berruguete. © Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano

    'Portrait'. Pedro Berruguete. © Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano






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"Painter. He brought the innovative Renaissance painting techniques to Castile: perspective, space composition and rigour in anatomical depiction."

He was born in Paredes de Nava (Palencia) circa 1450. His training began in Castile and was completed in Flanders, probably with Justus of Ghent. With him he worked at the court of Federico da Montefeltro, in Urbino, where he also met the Italians Piero della Francesca and Francesco di Giorgio Martini. He took part in the decoration of the study of the palace of the Duke of Urbino, painting portraits and allegories of liberal arts. On his return to Spain, circa 1483, he painted some works for the Collegiate Church of Santa María del Campo (Burgos). He also worked at the Toledo Cathedral and, in his final years, he painted the main altarpieces of the Convent of Santo Tomás and the Cathedral in Ávila. He died in Paredes de Nava in 1503.

Essential works

  • ‘Saint Dominic presides over an Auto da Fe’ © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

    Saint Dominic presides over an Auto da Fe

    Berruguete’s work is remarkable for its modernity, as demonstrated by the arrangement of the stage, and his skill at pictorial narration.

    Prado Museum (Madrid)

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  • The Virgin's suitors

    The painter Pedro Berruguete depicts a tale of the Virgin Mary prior to the birth of Christ.

    Diocesan Art Museum (Palencia)

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Other highlighted works

  • Solón (Solon)
  • Federico de Montefeltro con su corte (Federico da Montefeltro and his Entourage)
  • La gramática (Grammar)
  • Auto de fe
  • San Pedro mártir (Saint Peter the Martyr)
  • Las tentaciones de Santo Tomás (The Temptations of St. Thomas)
  • La flagelación (The Flagellation)
  • Anunciación (Annunciation)
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