Corbeille a Fleurs, 1671, Juan de Arellano
Born in Santorcaz, near Madrid, where he died. He was a pupil of Juan de Solis. Heavily influenced by Flemish artists (such as Daniel Seghers) and Italian painters (such as Mario Nuzzi), Juan de Arellano was considered to be exceptional in this subject matter. According to one of his colleagues, de Arellano decided to focus exclusively on floral paintings because it offered more pay while requiring less work. Some of de Arellano's most famous pieces include Bouquet of Flowers (c.1660), and Garland of Flowers, Birds and Butterfly, currently on display at the Louvre. He also painted for the sacristy of the church of San Jerónimo el Real of Madrid. Compare the term Naturaleza muerte or Bodegón for a description of one style of Spanish still life paintings.
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