This is Felipe Gil de Mena

By Gwylym Owen

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Felipe Gil de Mena (1603 Antigüedad, Palencia, Spain – 1673), was a Spanish baroque painter.

Gil de Mena was born in Antigüedad (Palencia). Around 1619 he moved to Valladolid where he became an apprentice of Diego Valentín Díaz (1586-1660), the most important player in the city at that time. In his Lives, Palomino states that the performer went to the court in Madrid where he met Juan van der Hamen. Although this information seems no more than anecdotal, there is enormously an evident involve of Van der Hamen’s work upon Gil de Mena’s paintings and it is known that his master owned various nevertheless lifes by that artist, with which Gil de Mena must have been familiar. His style has as well as been allied with the piece of legislation of different Valladolid artist, Antonio de Pereda (1611-1678), although anew there is no documentary proof of read between them. In 1640 he standard one of the most important commissions of his career, to ornament the cloister of the monastery of San Francisco in the city, for which he painted 32 works on the saint’s life. Gil de Mena therefore became one of the most sought-after artists in the area, primarily painting for the religious communities. He combine this argument with the production of altarpieces for numerous churches in towns and villages in the area.

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