Diego de Astor: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

Diego de Astor was a 17th-century Spanish engraver from Toledo. He studied below Domenico Theotocopuli, and in 1606 engraved, under his superintendence, a ‘St. Francis,’ after Nic. de Vargas. Astor was engraver to the Mint of Segovia, and was along with employed to engrave the royal seals. Of his plates we may proclamation the titlepage to Colmenares’ Historia de Segovia (Madrid, 1640), and a series of plates of the first documented calendar alphabet for the plan of deaf education in Bonet’s book upon Reducción de las letras y arte para enseñar a hablar a los mudos (“Summary of the letters and the art of teaching speech to the mute”) .

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