Alonzo Cano

1601-1667 Spain/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Alonzo Cano was an architect sculptor and painter. He was born in Granada where his father taught him architecture. In Seville he did sculpture with Juan Martínez Montañés and received his painting instruction from Juan del Castillo and Francisco Pacheco. There is speculation that he may have also been in the school of Francisco Herrera the Elder, or Herrera the old. In 1637, he found work in Madrid with Count Olivarez, decorating his palace. Under the Count’s patronage he received the office of the Superintendent of the Royal Works. In 1650, he directed works on the cathedral of Toledo and executed paintings in the church of Porta Coeli in Valencia. He was also a mathematician. In 1652, he entered a religious order in Granada where he dedicated his life to painting. He was referred to as the Spanish Michelangelo. It was a reference he acquired mostly because of his sculptures and paintings in the Cathedral of Granada, in particular, his work on the façade of that cathedral. He did however have a reputation for violence, he was accused of murdering his wife, but he was reprieved after he didn’t confess under torture. Many of his finest works can be seen in Granada.

 

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annunciation

annunciation


antony of padua

antony of padua

christ and the
samaritan

christ and the samaritan

christ and two
followers

christ and two followers on the road to emmaus

christ gathering
his robes

christ gathering his robes


crucifixion

crucifixion

descent into
limbo

descent into limbo

immaculate
conception

immaculate conception

john the
baptist

john the baptist by Alonzo Cano


mary

mary

portrait of a
spanish king

portrait of a spanish king

saint james
the great

saint james the great

saint john the
evangelist

saint john the evangelist and the poisoned chalice

saint john on
pathmos

saint john the evangelist on pathmos

saint john the
evangelist's vision

saint john the evangelist's vision of jerusalem

saint vincent ferrer
preaching

saint vincent ferrer preaching

the dead christ
supported

the dead christ supported by an angel

the miracle at the
well

the miracle at the well

the vision of
saint bernard

the vision of saint bernard