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15 facts about Antonio Mohedano

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By Gwylym Owen

Antonio Mohedano (1561–1625) was a Spanish painter of the Renaissance period.

It is assumed that he was born at Lucena, to a magistrate of Antequera, since he is referred to as a vecino of Antequera and a native (natural) of Lucena. He trained subsequently Pablo de Céspedes, after his return to Córdoba in 1577. He started by painting ” sargas” and the leathern hangings for rooms, which were subsequently in general use. Having seen the frescoes of Julio and Alessandro, at Granada, and those of the Perolas, at El Viso, his respect led him to copy many figures from those works, and to tackle that style of painting. Along afterward Alonso Vazquez, he painted frescoes for the good cloister of the Franciscans at Seville. In the Sacristy of Cathedral of Córdoba later the Perolas, he painted some now extant frescoes on devotional subjects.

It is not known where Mohedano lived; he may have moved from city to city, and from convent to convent, halting wherever he found occupation for his pencil. His last years, however, were spent at Lucena, where he painted for the high altar for the principal church, and where he died.

Two of his love-sonnets, of Tiny interest, have been preserved in the anthology of his friend, Pedro de Espinosa, who furthermore printed, in the same collection, a sonnet in his honour.

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