This is Pedro Atanasio Bocanegra

By Gwylym Owen

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Pedro Atanasio Bocanegra (12 May 1638 – 1688) was a Spanish painter, born at Granada.

He was a scholar of Alonso Cano and Juan de Sevilla Romero, but, according to Palomino, improved himself in colouring by studying the works of Pedro de Moya and Van Dyck. In the cloister of Nuestra Senora de Gracia, at Granada, is a portray by him of the ‘Conception,’ and at the College of the Jesuits is one of his most esteemed works, representing the ‘Conversion of St. Paul’. He was vain and arrogant, and boasted his coldness to anything the artists of his time; but on being challenged to a contest of triumph by Mathias de Torres, he slunk from the trial, and left Madrid. His works were, however, much coveted, and no deposit was considered unadulterated without a specimen. He died at Granada in 1688. The Death of St. Clara by him is in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.

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