ESQUIVEL Y SUÁREZ DE URBINA, Antonio Maria
(b. 1806, Sevilla, d. 1857, Madrid)
Spanish painter. He began the studies of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Seville, where he was educated in the style of Murillo. In 1831, he moved to Madrid, where he received academic merit in the competition at the Academy of San Fernando. In 1837 he actively participated in the founding of the Artistic and Literary Lyceum in Madrid. In 1839, in Seville he became ill that left him almost blind. He was supported by his colleagues and friends, and, fortunately, he regained vision in 1840.
He received several official recognitions, among them the Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic. In 1843 he was appointed Painter of the Chamber, and in 1847 member of the Academy of San Fernando. He was one of the founding members of the Society for the Protection of Fine Arts. As a theorist of the painting, he wrote a treatise entitled Pictórica Anatomy.
His sons Carlos Maria and Vincent were also painters.