(b Santorcaz, bapt 3 Aug 1614; d Madrid, 13 Oct 1676). Spanish
painter. He was the pre-eminent painter of flower-pieces in
17th-century Spain. Although Spaniards of the previous generation
had painted such works, it was the inspiration of Flemish and
Italian examples in Madrid that from c. 1650 encouraged Arellano’s
success as a specialist in this genre. According to Palomino, who
moved to the Court shortly after the artist’s death and befriended
many painters who had known him, Arellano began to paint flowers
only in his thirties after a beginning that showed little promise.
When asked why he devoted himself to flower-pieces and had abandoned
figures, he replied that it was because with them he worked less and
earned more (Palomino).
Vase of Flower
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