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Jose Aparicio Inglada

 

 

Aparicio Inglada Jose     Pages: 1

(b Alicante, 1770; d Madrid, 1838). Spanish painter. He studied at the Real Academia de S Fernando in Madrid (1792–8) and then completed his training as a pensionnaire in Paris with David (until 1807) and in Rome until 1815. Though having didactic and moralizing pretensions, his paintings are, in fact, rhetorical, theatrical and sycophantic, factors that explain his constant success in official circles. His works include his scholarship submission, Godoy Presenting Peace to Charles IV (1796; Madrid, Real Acad. S Fernando); his triumph in the Paris Salon of 1804, Athaliah and Jonah; and his presentation piece to the Accademia di S Luca in Rome, Ransom of Prisoners in the Reign of Charles III (1815). His appointment in 1815 as Pintor de Cámara was marked by his painting of the Glories of Spain. He also achieved popular recognition through such patriotic and nationalistic works as Famine of Madrid (1818; Madrid, Mus. Mun.). His carefully drawn compositions were well suited to engraved reproductions, and this led to their wider circulation. Ferdinand VII Disembarking at Puerto de Santa Maria (1827; destr.) was intended as an expression of loyalty to the monarch and epitomized Aparicio Inglada’s style. Despite his popular success, critics were not so convinced of his talent, and after his death his work was rapidly consigned to oblivion. Nevertheless, together with José de Madrazo y Agudo and Juan Antonio Ribera y Fernández, he is the most representative artist of Spanish Neo-classicism.

 


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