Luis de Morales

Madonna and Child by Luis de Morales, Prado Museum
Christ before Pilate, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid

Luis de Morales (1509 – 9 May 1586) was a Spanish painter active during the Spanish Renaissance in the 16th century. Known as "El Divino", most of his work was of religious subjects, including many representations of the Madonna and Child and the Passion.

Influenced by Raphael Sanzio and the Lombard school [fr] of Leonardo da Vinci, especially in his early work, he was called by his contemporaries "The Divine Morales" because of his skill and the shocking realism of his paintings, and because of the spirituality transmitted by all his work.

His work has been divided by critics into two periods, an early stage marked by the influence of Florentine artists such as Michelangelo, and a more intense, more anatomically correct later stage with similarities to the works of German and Flemish Renaissance painters.[1] The Prado Museum in Madrid holds around 22 paintings by Morales. Some of his works can also be seen at Salamanca's Cathedral and Museum in Plasencia and the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid.

Selected works

  • La Virgen del Pajarito (Virgin of the Bird) (1546), kept in the church of San Agustín, in Madrid.
  • La Piedad (Pietà) (1560), kept in Badajoz Cathedral.
  • San Juan de Ribera (1564), in the Prado Museum, Madrid.
  • Ecce Homo, in the Hispanic Society of America.
  • La Piedad (Pietà), in the Prado Museum, Madrid.
  • Virgen de la leche (Breastfeeding Virgin), in the Prado Museum.
  • St. Jerome in the Wilderness, in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
  • Christ tied to a Column, at Kingston Lacy House (National Trust), Dorset U.K.
  • La Piedad (Pietà)[2], Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid.
  • Christ before Pilate,[3] Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid.
  • Virgin and Child with the infant St. John the Baptist, Salamanca's Cathedral[4]
  • Lamentation of the Christ, Museo de Salamanca.[5]

References

  1. ^ Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Luis de Morales" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. ^ Real Academia de BBAA de San Fernando. "Morales, Luis de - La Piedad". Academia Colecciones (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  3. ^ Real Academia de BBAA de San Fernando. "Morales, Luis de - Ecce Homo/ Cristo entre dos sayones". Academia Colecciones (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  4. ^ "El Museo del Prado expondrá una obra de la Catedral de Salamanca". www.lagacetadesalamanca.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  5. ^ Tribuna de Salamanca (2012-09-27). "El Museo de Salamanca cede una de sus obras para la exposición 'El Divino Morales' del Prado". www.tribunasalamanca.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-03-19.

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