MORALES, Luis de
(b. ca. 1520, Badajoz, d. 1586, Badajoz)
Hispanic Society of America, New York
Luis de Morales (called El Divino), was a distinctly original personality. The distinctive features of his style - a painstaking technique inherited from the Flemish masters, and elongated forms that foreshadow the art of EI Greco - are especially evident in the works of his final period. Morales painted numerous versions of the Virgin and Child, sometimes with the infant St.John, and touching visions inspired by the theme "Ecce Homo," which are among his most popular works. Sensitivity to content and concentration on the sacred drama are the chief characteristics of this typical representative of Spanish asceticism.