PACHECO, Francisco
(b. 1564, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, d. 1644, Sevilla)

Pedro de Campaña (Pieter Kempeneer)

Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid

In addition to the Arte de la pintura, another example of Pacheco's endeavour to ennoble painting is the Libro de descripción de verdaderos retratos de ilustres y memorables varones, which was never published during his lifetime. The book is a compilation of splendid portraits of famous men, who were mostly from Seville. Included are the portraits of the painters Louis de Vargas, Pedro de Campaña (Pieter Kempeneer) and Pablo de Cespedes, all of whom are shown dressed as gentlemen, without paintbrushes, palettes, or other signs of their profession, and who are given equal status with the practitioners of the traditional liberal arts.