Who is Geronimo de Bobadilla?

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Geronimo de Bobadilla, also Jerónimo de Bobadilla, (1630–1709) was a Spanish painter.

He was born at Antequera, a little town in the vicinity of Málaga, and got married in 1659. According to Palomino, he was a scholar of Francisco Zurbarán, whose atmosphere he followed. He excelled in painting historical subjects of a medium size and outlook views. He used a unfamiliar varnish upon his pictures, which Murillo compared to crystal. He was a great collector of academic figures, drawings, models, and sketches of applauded artists. He was one of the founders of the Academy at Seville in 1660, and according to art historian Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez, continued to Keep it until his death, which took place in that city in 1680.

In his few known works was a drawing of St. Joseph afterward the Christ Child signed in 1685 (Kunsthalle, Hamburg) issued by August L. Mayer, who noted the Murillo stylistic closeness, and four paintings in the tone of motifs of the infancy of Christ preserved in private collections and signed upon the back up with the notation that they were sold for 180 reales each. The Hermitage Museum also endorsed to him the Virgin in the atmosphere of the Christ Child Asleep, dated 1668.

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