Maria de Abarca

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Maria de Abarca, often referred to as Doña Maria de Abarca, was a seventeenth century Spanish painter active between 1630 - 1656 in Madrid, Spain.[1] [2] She was born in Madrid, however the dates of her birth and death are unknown.[3] [4] Little is known of her family, but an entry in Dr. Coombe’s Catalogue of Engravers’ Specimens suggests that her father may have been Marius Abacus.[5] She was known for her work as an amateur portrait painter, and praised for her ability in taking likenesses.[6] Maria de Abarca was a contemporary of Peter Paul Rubens and Diego Velázquez, who reportedly admired her work.[4]


  1. ^ Pilkington, Matthew (1805). A dictionary of painters: from the revival of the art to the present period. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Epstein, Vivian Sheldon (1987). History of women artists for children. Denver, Colo: VSE Publisher. p. 33. 
  3. ^ Deschamps, par Ch. Gabet ; orné de vignettes gravées par M. (1831). Dictionnaire des artistes de l'école française, au XIXe siècle peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure, dessin, lithographie et composition musicale. Paris: Chez Madame Vergne. p. 1. ISBN 3598350007. 
  4. ^ a b Pilkington, Matthew (1824). A general dictionary of painters. London: T. McLean. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Dodd, Thomas (1825). The Connoisseur's Repertorium; or, a universal historical record of painters, engravers, sculptors and architects, etc. Vol. 1. 
  6. ^ Stirling Maxwell, William (1891). Annals of the artists of Spain. London: J.C. Nimmo. p. 629.