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Morales, Luis de

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00125369
Morales, Luis de

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Spanish, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1509, in Badajoz; died 9 May 1586, in Badajoz.

Painter, draughtsman. Religious subjects.

The master of Luis de Morales is unknown but may have been Peter de Kempener. Whatever the case, De Morales based his style on detailed studies of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. He rarely produced anything other than religious paintings, particularly since he was a close friend of the ascetic Pedro de Alcantara. He should not be judged on all the works attributed to him, as many of those counted as his were of mediocre quality. His drawing was very pure, his compositions harmonious and the worst criticism that can be levelled against him is excessive detail and sometimes a certain weakness of colour....

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Subjects: Painting ; 17th-Century Art ; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400) ; Religious Art ; Christian Art

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