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Who is Cristobal de Vera?

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By Gwylym Owen

Cristóbal de Vera (1577–1621) was a Spanish painter.

He was born in Córdoba, where he probably initially studied below Pablo de Céspedes. In 1602 he moved to Castile. He became a lay brother of the Hieronymites at their monastery in Lupiana, in the region of Grenada. There he painted eight Stations of the Cross for the cloister. His nephew, Juan de Vera, also a painter, had commenced his novitiate in their monastery of La Sisla close Toledo, when he was there visited by his uncle Cristóbal. At the stop of the year Juan left the monastery without joining the Order; but Cristóbal remained to paint two altar pieces for the church, a St. Jerome and a St. Mary Magdalene. He died soon afterwards at La Sisla and was buried in the monastic cemetery there.

His community at Lupiana recorded their memories of him as a pious and dedicated monk. Apparently his preference was to psychotherapy and act out at night, so he was rarely to be seen in daytime.

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