Antonio de Pereda

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  • Date of birth: 20 March 1611
  • Date of death: 30 Jan 1678
  • Country: Spain


A famous painter of the Baroque period Antonio de Pereda-and-Salgado was born in 1611 in the Spanish town of Valladolid, in a creative and noble family of Hidalgo, where both his brother, father and mother were artists. Painting historians know little about the period of childhood and adolescence, how the formation of future masters. Most likely, your first lessons were received from parents.

In 11 years the boy was left an orphan, and close friends of his father, he was transferred to Madrid. The ability of the young men was remarkable and it was determined in the Studio of artist P. Cuevas.

In the Royal Palace of the capital, due to the fact that Antonio is interested art collector and member of the Royal Council, the young artist copies the paintings of renowned masters such as Ribera and velázquez.

Especially the works of Diego velázquez left an imprint on the subsequent formation of Antonio – he as well as his illustrious countryman, preferred the image of still lifes. Antonio’s only 24, but he, with great success, writes paintings on historical themes, for example, “the Capture of Genoa”, and also of religious content, “the Annunciation” and others.

He gets a lot of orders not only from individuals but also from churches, temples, various religious orders. His work is distinguished by a very careful writing out the smallest detail, he attached great importance to the light pattern obtained with a pleasant Venetian colour.

The plot and the composition very precisely correspond to all norms of religious art, adopted in the 17th century. Each item, accessory item on the canvas, accurately and reliably transferred by the author, contains his thought and character. Still, the artist gives preference to the still lifes.

But still lifes in the image Peredy special – they be sure to carry edifying, reasoning about the meaning of life, and the use of allegory. Famous paintings in this genre – “Allegory (life is a dream)”, “Allegory of transitoriness” and others.

Allegorical, depicting skulls, watches, jewelry, the artist emphasizes the idea that everything passes quickly in this world, you have to think about the soul and spirituality. The blossoming of creativity Antonio de Pereda-and-Salgado is between 1650 and 1670.

“Still life with clock”, “still life with skull”, “still life with ebony Chest” and many other beautiful paintings of Spanish painter leave a mark in the memory of everyone who saw these works, and stopped to philosophize on the subject of being, to feel the spirit of that distant, not simple, very religious and harsh time.

Moreover, it affects the talent of the artist who was able with his living, calm, warm colors bring us beautiful examples of Spanish art “the Golden age of Baroque”.