Tomás Hiepes


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(1610–74). Valencian painter of still lifes. In documents and earliest (1642) signed paintings, his surname appears ‘Yepes’; from 1649 it was Latinized to Hiepes. As a painter of still life, and thus considerably below the esteem in which history painters and even portraitists were held in the 17th century, Hiepes was little noted by his contemporaries. A rare mention appears in 1655 when Valencia celebrated the second centenary of the canonization of S. Vincent Ferrer; the decoration of the convent of S. Domingo included highly praised paintings of fruit by Hiepes. His clients included the artisans and wealthy farmers of the Valencian region; his subjects run the gamut of themes found in 17th-century still-life painting: the sweets and dried fruits typical of the sophisticated compositions of Juan van der Hamen; the flowers and fowl painted by Flemish masters; kitchen scenes reminiscent of the Florentine Jacopo da Empoli (1551–1640); and still-life compositions in landscape settings.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

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