Francisco Rizi

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Francisco Rizi's Virgin and Child with Sts Philip and Francis, Oil on canvas, 1650, Public collection

Francisco Rizi (1608–1685) was a Spanish painter born at Madrid.


He was the son of Antonio Rizi, a native of Bologna, who had accompanied Federico Zuccari into Spain.

Rizi was first trained by Vincencio Carducho. He became painter to Philip IV in 1656, and held the office under Charles II, who added to it the deputy-keepership of the royal keys. A few years prior, he was appointed painter to the Cathedral of Toledo. Rizi died at El Escorial.

Among his works are:

  • The decoration with Pedro Nuñez of the Theatre in the Alcazar of Madrid (1648).
  • Religious Scenes in the Chapel of Antonio.
  • Scenery for the Theatre of the Retiro.
  • Sketch for the retable of the Host of Gorkum (the paintings for which were later completed by Claudio Coello) in the Sacristy of El Escorial.
  • A Religious Ceremony at the Plaza Mayor, Spain [Auto De Fe].


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