Francisco Camilo: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Francisco Camilo (Madrid 1610–Madrid 1671) was a Spanish painter, the son of an Italian immigrant who had arranged in Madrid. When his father died, his mommy remarried, and Camilo became the stepson of the painter Pedro de las Cuevas.

De las Cuevas brought Camilo stirring as his own son, teaching him to paint. At the age of 18, Camilo was asked to paint for the tall altar of the Jesuits’ house at Madrid an image representing St. Francis Borgia (which was afterwards removed to make artifice for an altarpiece in plastic).

The Count-Duke of Olivares ordered Camilo to develop a series of paintings of Kings of Spain for stand-in of Buenretiro. The Count-Duke next chose Camilo to adorn the western gallery of the palace gone 14 frescoes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Primarily a painter of religious works, Camilo painted for the monasteries of Madrid, Toledo, Alcalá, and Segovia. He painted and draped some of the statuary of Manuel Pereyra.

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