Biography of Juan Pantoja de la Cruz (1553-1608)

Famous Spanish painter; born in Madrid in 1553 and died in 1608. He/She was a pupil of Alonso Sánchez Coello, and their progress made that Felipe II appoint him his painter and valet, and ordered him many works executed with success. Then he/she continued also in the service of Felipe III, whose equestrian portrait made, in order to send it to Florence to the famous sculptor Bologna executed bronze equestrian statue. His main works are: San Agustín and other Holy founders (in the Cathedral of Toledo); San Agustín, San Nicolás de Tolentino, Annunciation, birth of the Virgin (in different temples of Madrid); Resurrection (in Valladolid); Martyrdom of Santiago, calling of the disciples (in Segovia); Conception (in Seville); Incarnation, birth, resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ, San Ildefonso, (Madrigal); Carlos V; Felipe II; Felipe III; Margaret of Austria; Juana of Austria, Princess of the Brazil; The Empress María, and portraits of various individuals.

Margaret of Austria. Pantoja de la Cruz. Museo del Prado. Madrid.