Juan Pantoja de La Cruz

1553-1608 Spain/Mannerism

 

Brief Biography-Juan Pantoja de La Cruz was born in Valladolid c. 1553. He was tutored in the atelier of Alfonso Sanchez Coello in Madrid, there he excelled in his work so much that Philip II made him a court painter and valet-de-chambre. After the death of Coello he became painter to the King. Pantoja stayed in Valladolid from 1601 to 1606 when the court, under Philip III made it the capitol of Spain for that period. He was a renowned portraitist for the aristocracy and excelled in landscape painting through his religious subjects. He painted animals to such perfection that when he painted an eagle for the King, the royal bird on seeing it for the first time, attacked it with such fury he ripped the canvas to fragments. Along with Coello, Pantoja had a later influence on the works of Diego Velázquez. Pantoja’s paintings can be viewed in Valladolid, The Prado and the Palace Escorial outside Madrid.

 

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diego de villamayor

diego de villamayor


duke of lerma

duke of lerma

felipe manuel
prince of savoya

felipe manuel prince of savoya

lady of the court
of philip III

lady of the court of philip three


philip II of spain

philip two of spain


philip III of spain

philip III of spain


portrait of a lady

portrait of a lady


portrait of a woman

 portrait of a woman


simon ruiz

simon ruiz

the birth of the
virgin

the birth of the virgin