(c. 1505–1567). Painter born in Seville who spent many years in Italy; his work demonstrates close contact there with the maniera painters Vasari, F. Salviati, and Perino del Vaga. Returned to Seville, Vargas painted eight panels for an altarpiece in the cathedral dedicated to the Nativity (1555); the central image, representing the Adoration of the Shepherds, reflects the figure style and rather acid colours of the Italian maniera (see Mannerism). Vargas's best-known painting, the doctrinally and compositionally complex Allegory of the Immaculate Conception (1561; Seville Cathedral), is closely based on Vasari's version of the same subject (1541; Florence, SS Apostoli).
From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.