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 Jose Villegas Y Cordero  (1848 - 1921/22)

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Lived/Active: Spain/Italy      Known for: Andalusian culture and portrait painting, teaching

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Biography from Selker Fine Art:
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One of the most important Spanish painters of his generation, Jose Villegas Y Cordero was known for his art based on Andalusian customs and traditions and also for his portraits.

He studied at the University of Fine Arts in Seville.  In 1868, Villegas moved to Rome to continue his training at night classes at Academia Chigi.  He stayed there for 30 years mixing with other Spanish painters like Mariano Fortuny and Eduardo Rosales Gallina. He became a valued and admired painter among art dealers and collectors.  From 1877 he spent most of his time in Venice.  At the end of 1898 he was appointed director of the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. 

He returned to Spain in 1901 and became director of the Prado in Madrid until his retirement in 1914.  His painting was characterized by its luminosity, and its pleasant theme and atmosphere.

Written by Bunny Boiler

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