Biography of José Joaquín Fabregat (1754-1807)

Sculptor, painter and Spanish engraver, born at Torreblanca (Valencia) in 1748 and died in 1807. He studied engraving at the Valencian Academy of San Carlos. Subsequently, he moved to Madrid, where he obtained a prize of the Academy of San Fernando in 1772. When the Royal Academy of San Carlos in Mexico was founded in 1783, José Joaquín went to new Spain, in 1787, as director of the same engraving. The work of the Mexican Academy was very important for the development of neoclassicism in this country and the abandonment of the popular Baroque, deep-rooted and quality. The masters of the Academy formed a high-level professional team; they worked together, complementing, and managed to train generations of artists of high quality. José Joaquín Fabregat occupied the Chair of engraving on the death of Jerónimo Antonio Gil, worked with Manuel Tolsá, director of sculpture, Rafael Ximeno and plans, director of painting, and Antonio González Velázquez, director of architecture.

Fabregat left a valuable work in films and formed a school of academic writers. Among his works are the following engravings: view of the main square of Mexico City, in 1797, San Bernardo Corleon, several blades for an edition of Don Quixote, Academia, other works for an edition of the Galatea, the Canto del Turia and a sheet of San Joaquin, Santa Ana and the Virgin. He also made engravings for the work of Antonio Pons Spain travel. Sculpture Don Vicente victory hangs his equestrian statue of Carlos IV, and in painting the portrait of the Canon.

He died in the city of Mexico in 1807.


CARRETE PARRONDO, Juan: Eighteenth-century engraving: Joaquín José Fabregat. Valencia, 1990.

BAYÓN, Damián: The art of Mexico of the colony to the present day. Akal, 1991.

Ramirez ROJAS, Fausto: Art of the 19th century in the city of Mexico. Madrid, 1984.

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