(b. 1633, Almadén, d. 1673, Madrid)

Assumption of the Virgin

Oil on canvas, 237 x 169 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Despite his training with Juan Carreño de Miranda, Cabezalero had a distinct style from his master. His figures are drawn with crisp outlines and carefully modelled with firm, controlled brushstrokes, qualities that are different from the broken, impasto technique applied by Carreño. These qualities are evident in one of his few surviving works, the Assumption of the Virgin, probably executed in the late 1660s and more indebted to Italian than Flemish sources.