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Cano Alonso( 1571-1610 )

A Spanish painter , architect , and sculptor , b. at Granada , 19 March, 1601; d. there 3 or 5 October, 1667. He received his first lessons in art from his father , Miguel Cano , an architect . Later he studied sculpture under Juan Monta?¨¦s , and painting under Pacheco and Juan del Castillo . In 1625, when Herrera, the sculptor , was his teacher, he attained great fame by producing three coloured statues , now in the church at Lebrija : "The Virgin and Child ", "St. Peter ", and "St. Paul". They are all superb pieces of statuary , but the first is a masterpiece , conceived and executed in a noble, classical , simple style that rightly earned for Cano the title of the " Michelangelo of Spain ". Besides his single figures in marble, he chiselled many beautiful retables , or monumental altar-pieces .

Cano went to Madrid in 1637, and through the influence of the Duke of Olivarez and of Velasques , but chiefly because of his own merit , was made Master of the Royal Works , Painter to the King , and first in rank among the instructors of Don Balthasar Carlos . In Madrid he contributed plans for several palaces, city gates, and a triumphal arch for the entrance of Maria Anna of Austria , wife of Philip IV. In 1650 he became architect of the cathedral of Toledo . Cano was suspected of having murdered his wife, and was unjustly condemned and ordered to leave Madrid . He took refuge in Valencia , attained marked success there, painted a "Nativity", and a "St. John " for the city's great church , and entered the Carthusian convent , so as to be able to devote himself wholly to painting , which henceforth occupied him to the exclusion of sculpture . Tardy justice was done him when he returned to Madrid . He was restored to royal favour, but Cano felt that his only surety was in the Church ; therefore he took orders and became a resident of Granada . In 1652 Philip IV appointed him a canon in the cathedral of Granada . To the churches of Granada and Malaga he presented many pictures and statues . A councillor of the former city, having ordered a statue of St. Anthony of Padua from Cano , was charged one hundred doubloons , whereat he demurred, saying that the artist was demanding four pistoles per day for twenty-five days' work, which was more than he, Cano's superior, could earn. "It has taken fifty years of study to produce this!" cried Cano , hurling the statue to the pavement. For this indignity to a saint he was suspended by the Chapter of Granada . In 1658 the king restored Cano , and required him to complete a crucifix which the queen had ordered.

Cano was a greater sculptor than painter , but he would have attained fame as a painter even had he never worked in marble. His earlier work in colour was tentative , eclectic , and of little originality , but his later pictures, which fill the churches of Granada and Malaga , are splendid in drawing, brilliant in a colouring that vividly recalls Van Dyck's , full of imagination , and bold in design. His flesh tints are pure, the pose of his figures is statuesque , the lines are sharp, vigorous, and classical , and he had a profound knowledge of chiaroscuro . Cano led an exemplary life , his great fault being his ungovernable temper; he was industrious, studious, and very generous. It is related of him that, often, when he had no money for alms he would make a drawing for the beggar to sell. His abnormal antipathy to Jews was exemplified on his death-bed when he refused the Sacrament from a priest who had given it to converted Jews . Among his works mention may be made of: "St. Agnes " (Berlin); "The Dead Christ " (Madrid); "Virgin and Child " (St. Petersburg ); " St. Anthony of Padua " (Munich); "Madonna and Child ", sculpture , in the church of Lebrija (the ancient city of Nebrissa ).


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