Old Master Paintings
|Date||second half of the 17th century|
|Medium, technique||oil on canvas|
96.5 × 136.5 cm
|Collection||Old Master Paintings|
|On view||Museum of Fine Arts, First Floor, European Art 1600–1700 and British Painting 1600–1800, Cabinet 7|
The noble-born Villavicencio was an extraordinary figure in Spanish baroque art. The military was in his blood; his father served as an admiral in the Spanish Armada, and in 1661 he was made a Knight of the Order of Saint John. At the end of his life he also performed duties as a high-ranking diplomat. For him, painting was a pastime, not a means of earning a living. Nevertheless, in 1660, together with Murillo, he was a founding member of the first Academy of Painting in Seville. Although Villavicencio also produced a few paintings on religious themes, the majority of his output consists of genre pieces. In these works, depicting people carrying out a variety of different tasks, he also devoted great attention to the painting of thestill-life details.
Pigler, Andor, Katalog der Galerie Alter Meister, 1-2. Museum der Bildenden Künste, Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest. 2, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1967, p. 495.
Nyerges, Éva, Spanish Paintings, A Szépművészeti Múzeum gyűjteményei/The Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, 2008, p. 176-177, no. 81.
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