Who is Gaspar de la Huerta?

By Gwylym Owen

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Gaspar de la Huerta (1645–1714) was a Spanish artist born at Campillo de Altobuey in Cuenca.

At an yet to be age, seeking instruction in Valencia, he fell into the hands of Jesualda Sanchez, the flourishing widow of Pedro Infant, a third-rate painter, who continued upon her own account her husband’s scholastic for the build of religious pictures. La Huerta, nevertheless, attained some capability as a draughtsman and colourist, and married the widow’s well-dowered daughter. Working for ascetic prices he found abundant employment in the neighbouring churches and convents.

For the Franciscans he painted the Jubilee of the Porciuncula, and for the Dominicans the portray which long served as a veil to the wondrous image of Our Lady of the Forsaken. He died at Valencia in 1714. The Museum of Valencia possesses a pleasing portray of Christ and the Virgin enthroned, the latter similar to the adept complexion Strange to Valencian beauty.

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