Josefa de Óbidos

1630-1684 Portugal/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Josefa de Ayala Figueira, known as Josefa de Óbidos was born in Saville, Spain. At the age of four she was taken by her father to his home town of Óbidos Portugal. He had gone to Seville to serve in the military and got married to a noblewoman. He became interested in painting and later became Court painter to the House of Bragança in Portugal.
Josefa was resident in the Convent of Santa Ana Coimbra at the age of fourteen, where she painted religious works, still-lifes and portrait commissions. In 1654 while residing in Óbidos one of her most noted works was a series of engravings for the 'Statutes of the University of Coimbra’. During her life, she painted numerous altarpieces and private commissions, which can be seen throughout Portugal. Some of her works were signed Josepha Ayala. She died in Óbidos in 1684.

 

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annunciation

 annunciation

basket with cherries
cheeses and pork

basket with cherries cheeses and pork

holy family with
the infant st john

holy family with the infant saint john the baptist saint elizabeth and angels


holy family

holy family

lactation of saint
bernard

lactation of saint bernard


mary magdalene

mary magdalene

mystic marriage of
saint catharine

mystic marriage of saint catharine

pilgrim boy
jesus

pilgrim boy jesus

saint john
the baptist

saint john the baptist


still life

still life

still life
with cakes

still life with cakes

still life
with flowers

still life with flowers

the beneficiary
faustino das neves

the beneficiary faustino das neves


the boy jesus

the boy jesus

penitent magdalene
comforted by angels

penitent magdalene comforted by angels