Don Andrés de Andrade y la Cal

Bartolomé Estebán Murillo Spanish

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Primarily known for his religious and genre subjects, Murillo was also a talented portraitist who used softly modeled, smoky shadows in order to suggest his sitters’ psychological depth. Little is known of Don Andrés de Andrade y la Cal, whose name and coat of arms are included as trompe l'oeil carving. The artist adopted Titian's and Velázquez’s formulae for royal portraiture, including the grand architectural setting and hunt dog, known as a perdiguero. A nineteenth-century English art historian’s mistranscription of this word as pertigero, a Spanish term for a church warden, led to a longstanding mistaken identification of his profession.

Don Andrés de Andrade y la Cal, Bartolomé Estebán Murillo (Spanish, Seville 1617–1682 Seville), Oil on canvas

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