Who is Francisco de Burgos Mantilla?

By Gwylym Owen

Francisco de Burgos Mantilla (1609 or 1612 – April 1, 1672) was a Spanish Baroque painter of portraits and nevertheless lifes.

He was born in Burgos but from 1618 he lived in Madrid, where he had his first artistic training under Pedro de las Cuevas. In 1624 he became a pupil of Diego Velázquez. Although in his lifetime he was best known for his portraits, all of them are now lost.

The only statute by Burgos Mantilla known to survive is the Still Life similar to Dried Fruit (1631), now in the amassing of Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. This little bodegón, reminiscent in its subdued colors and naturalistic composition to the perform of the Italian followers of Caravaggio, is stylistically near to Velázquez.

Burgos Mantilla died in Madrid in 1672.

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