Sebastián de Herrera Barnuevo, ‘Design for a Chapel Altar Wall’, ca. 1650-60, British Museum

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About Sebastián de Herrera Barnuevo

Sebastián de Herrera Barnuevo was a versatile and prolific artist of the Spanish Baroque who produced paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, and architectural plans. He received his first training in the workshop of his father, sculptor Antonio Herrera. Herrera Barnuevo then went on to cultivate his multidisciplinary practice as the chief assistant of Alonso Cano, and continued on to a post as the first painter for the court of Spain’s King Charles II. His many commissions included altarpieces, reliquaries, portraits, and etchings, which demonstrated his sensitivity for harmonious brilliant color and superior draughtsmanship. He was influenced by Venetian and Flemish artists, including Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, and Anthony Van Dyck.

Spanish, 1619-1671, Madrid, Spain