7 facts about Matias de Arteaga

By Gwylym Owen

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Matias de Arteaga, also Matías de Arteaga y Alfaro, (c. 1630–1704) was a Spanish painter and engraver.

Arteaga was born in Seville very nearly 1630, the son of the engraver Bartolomé Arteaga. He studied painting below Valdés Leal. His paintings are mostly of the Virgin Mary, with architectural backgrounds. They tote up two altarpieces in the conventual church of San Pablo.

He made engravings after various works by Valdés and Francisco Herrera the Younger, and one of St. Dominick after a drawing by Alonso Cano; also a St. Ferdinand by Murillo, for La Torre Farfan’s account of the Seville festival in honour of St. Ferdinand; for which he likewise engraved views of the Giralda tower of Seville, and of the interior and exterior of cathedral. He in addition to executed a series of fifty-eight plates for the History of St. Juan de la Cruz, the first barefooted Carmelite. He engraved a plate of the arms of the intimates of Arze for a sticker album dedicated to a believer of the house, in 1695. His works are usually signed later his make known in full, or in an edited form. He died at Seville in 1704.

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