BAYEU Y SUBIAS, Spanish family of artists

Francisco Bayeu was one of the most successful Spanish artists, along with Mariano Salvador Maella, at the court of Charles III (King of Spain 1759–88), where the presence and influence of foreign artists, such as Giambattista Tiepolo and Anton Raphael Mengs, were still very strong, although this situation was slowly changing. Like his younger brothers, Manuel Bayeu and Ramón Bayeu, he was trained in the studio of Juan Andrés Merklein (d 1797), a painter from Bohemia living in Saragossa, and then with José Martínez Luzán (1710–85), a little-known Aragonese painter who had been in Italy.

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