(b Villanueva de los Infantes, Ciudad Real, 3 Nov 1633; d Seville,
12 Jan 1703). Spanish painter and etcher. He is first documented in
Seville in 1652 and entered the paintersí guild there on 16 June
1656. His mature style is predominantly influenced by the work of
Murillo and, to a lesser extent, that of Juan de Valdés Leal. In
1675, with Bernardo Simón de Pineda, Arteaga y Alfaro designed the
new altarpiece in the Royal Chapel in Seville Cathedral. His first
independent commission dates from 1676, yet his finest work is the
set of nine Old Testament scenes from 1690 (Seville Cathedral).
Although he also worked as a gilder, the trade in painting with the
New World was an important source of income for him. He was a
prolific but not gifted etcher, producing prints from 1661 until the
year of his death. His exact relationship to the etcher Bartolomé
Arteaga ( fl 1627) is unclear. Francisco de Arteaga (d 1679),
Matíasís son (not his brother), was also an etcher. In Seville,
Arteaga y Alfaro served the guild and the Real Academia de Santa
Isabel de Hungría in various posts.
Abraham y Melchisedec
El racimo de la Tierra de promisión
Las bodas de Canaa
Desposorios de la Virgen
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