Francisco Herrera the Younger

1622-1685 Spain/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Francisco Herrera the Younger, son of Francisco Herrera the Elder (The Old), was a native of Seville. He studied in the atelier of his father until the father’s violent temper got the better of him and he left for Italy. In Rome, he studied architecture which excelled him in perspective. His paintings of fish gained him the name of “The Fishing Spaniard”. When he returned to Seville he did paintings of flowers and genre scenes, of which Antonio Palomino described as “Passages and Humours of boozing Companions, in little Tippling-Houses and Two-Penny Ordinaries”. He became Murillo’s director at the Academy of Seville, before moving to Madrid in resentment of Murillo’s senior position to him. In Madrid, one of his noted works was The Triumph of Saint Hermengild altarpiece. His frescoes impressed King Philip IV so much, that he commissioned him to paint the dome of the Chapel of Our Lady of Atocha and subsequently made him painter to King. Charles II chose him as Master of the Royal Works in 1677. His most noted works were the renovations of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar at Zaragoza.

 

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