17 facts about Garcia Fernandes

Garcia Fernandes (died c. 1565) was a Portuguese Renaissance painter. Like many of painters of the time, Garcia Fernandes was a pupil in the Lisbon workshop of Jorge Afonso, who was the court painter of King Manuel I.

In the 1530s he worked in Coimbra for the monasteries of Santa Clara-a-Velha and of Santa Cruz. In 1533 and 1534, together gone Cristóvão de Figueiredo and Gregório Lopes, he was blamed for the three painted altarpieces of the Monastery of Ferreirim, near Lamego. Later, he painted panels for the transept of the Church of St Francis in Évora.

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In Lisbon, he was held responsible for the altarpiece of the Trindade Convent and the panel for the St Bartholomew Chapel of Lisbon Cathedral (c. 1537), as with ease as a large oil painting, The Marriage of Saint Alexis (once known as The Marriage of King Manuel of Portugal) (1541), now in the Museum of São Roque. Fernandes even painted altarpieces commissioned for the cathedral of Old Goa, in Portuguese India, then a portion of the Portuguese Empire.

Garcia Fernandes married in 1518 and had at least nine children. His paintings can be seen in several churches and monasteries in bill to Portugal, as without difficulty as in the National Museum of Ancient Art (Lisbon) and the Machado de Castro Museum (Coimbra).

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