Alonso Sánchez Coello
Brief Biography-Alonso Sánchez Coello was from Benifairó de les Valls in Spain however at the age of ten when his father died he was moved to the family's native Portugal. His grandfather had him trained under the Dutch portraitist Anthonis Mor and he was influenced by the works of Titan.
He traveled with Mor to Lisbon and from there to work for the Spanish Court in Madrid. When Mor departed back to Holland Sánchez Coello took his place as Court Painter. He eventually settled in Madrid with his family of seven children, his daughter Isabel also became a painter.
He was highly successful as Court Painter and Philip II rewarded him handsomely throughout his life, he spent the rest of his life at court. One of his most noted followers was Juan Pantoja de la Cruz. His works had an influence on Diego Velázquez.
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