Who is Juan van der Hamen?

By Gwylym Owen

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Juan van der Hamen y (Gómez de) León (baptized 8 April 1596 – 28 March 1631) was a Spanish painter, a master of nevertheless life paintings, also called bodegones. Prolific and versatile, he painted allegories, landscapes, and large-scale works for churches and convents. Today he is remembered mostly for his nevertheless lifes, a genre he popularized in 1620s Madrid.

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