José del Castillo

1737-1793 Spain/Neoclassicism

 

Brief Biography-José del Castillo was born in Madrid in 1737. In his early years, the Politician José de Carvajal y Lancaster gave him a scholarship to study in Rome under Corrado Giaquinto. When Giaquinto was called to Madrid by King Ferdinand VI, Castillo accompanied him to resume his studies. He entered the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando before returning to Rome in 1757, he stayed there for a seven-year period. On his return to Madrid he worked under Anton Raphael Mengs at the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Bárbara. In 1785, he became an Academician of Merit at the Academia. He failed in his bids to become Court painter over Ramón Bayeu y Subias who was Kings favourite. His style of painting was mainly influenced by his master Giaquinto.

 

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meadow of
san isidro

meadow of san isidro

merendando
hunters

merendando hunters


abundance

abundance


chastity

chastity


the prophecy

the prophecy


wisdom

wisdom


allegory of music

allegory of music


boys playing chito

boys playing chito

boys playing with
tops

boys playing with tops

kite with a group
of dead birds

kite with a group of dead birds


reclining figures

reclining figures


seated figures

seated figures

still birds
and hares

still birds and hares

the
artists studio

the artists studio

two boys playing
the violin

two boys one solfeando and another playing the violin