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Alonzo Cano

Alonzo Cano, (Portraits of Illustrious Spanish), 1791

Alonzo Cano or Alonso Cano (19 March 1601 – 3 September 1667) was a Spanish painter, architect and sculptor born in [1]


  • Biography 1
  • Works 2
  • Gallery 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


Saint John the Evangelist's Vision of Jerusalem

He learned architecture from his father, [1][2]

He was made first royal architect, painter to [1] in order to take up a position as chief architect of the cathedral, where his main achievement in architecture was the façade, designed at the end of his life and erected to his design after his death.

He was notorious for his ungovernable temper; and it is said that once he risked his life by committing the then capital offence of dashing to pieces the statue of a [1] According to another story, he found his house robbed after coming home one evening, his wife murdered, and his Italian servant fled. Notwithstanding the presumption against the fugitive, the magistrates condemned Cano, because he was of a jealous temper. Upon this he fled to Valencia, but afterwards returned to Madrid, where he was put to the torture, which he endured without incriminating himself, and the king received him into favour.[3]

After the death of his wife he took [1] Probably this version is spurius as many others about his life and temperament.


  • San Vicente Ferrer (praying)
  • Virgin of the Olive Tree (1629)
  • Inmaculada del Facistol (1655–1656) in the sacristy of the Cathedral of Granada.
  • Virgen of Bethlehem
  • Bust of Saint Paul
  • Head of San Juan de Dios
  • Annunciation
  • Christ Bound to the Column in the church of the Convento del Stmo. Cristo de la Victoria de Serradilla (Cáceres).
  • Entrance of the Cathedral of Granada
  • Saint John the Baptist as a Youth 1634, in the National Sculpture Museum (Valladolid).
  • "St. Anthony Preaching to the Fish" (1630) [Detroit Institute of Arts]


External links

  • Paintings of Alonzo Cano on Insecula
  • Alonzo Cano on Artcyclopedia
  • Jusepe de Ribera, 1591-1652, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which includes material on Alonzo Cano (see index)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Alonso Cano – Catholic Encyclopedia article
  2. ^ a b c d "Alonzo Cano", 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica
  3. ^ Anonymous, "Alonso Cano" in Retratos de Españoles ilustres con un epítome de sus vidas, 1791.
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