Alonzo Cano


Alonzo Cano

Alonzo Cano or Alonso Cano (19 March 16013 September 1667) was a Spanish painter, architect and sculptor born in Granada. He learned architecture from his father, Miguel Cano, painting from Francisco Pacheco the master of Velázquez, and sculpture from Juan Martínez Montañés. As a sculptor, his most famous works are the "Madonna and Child" in the church of Lebrija (also called "Nebrija"), and the colossal figures of San Pedro and San Pablo. Philip IV made him royal architect and kings painter, and gave him the church preferment of a canon, 1658, in order to take up a position as chief architect of the cathedral of Granada, where his main achievement in architecture was the facade, [ [http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/Cambridge/entries/009/Alonso-Cano.html Alonso Cano] – Encyclopædia Britannica article] 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 saint, when in a rage with the purchaser who begrudged the price he demanded. [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03250d.htm Alonso Cano] – Catholic Encyclopedia article] According to another story, his passionate nature also caused him to be suspected of the murder of his wife, and even tortured, though all other circumstances pointed to his servant as the culprit.

After the death of his wife he took Holy Orders. [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03250d.htm Alonso Cano] – Catholic Encyclopedia article]

External links

* [http://www.insecula.com/us/contact/A005346.html Paintings of Alonzo Cano on Insecula]

References

*1911
*Catholic


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