Andrés Amaya

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Andrés Amaya
Bornc. 1645
Died(1704-10-29)29 October 1704
Valladolid, Spain
StyleBaroque, religious art, oil painter
Spouse(s)Isabel Lozano

Andrés Amaya (c. 1645 - 29 October 1704) was a Spanish Baroque painter in oils of religious subjects. He was active in the region of Castile and León, primarily in the city of Valladolid.


Nothing is known about Amaya's origins and background, and little about his life and career. One modern Spanish source describes his life and activity as cubierta por una enorme bruma ("covered by an enormous mist").[1] The best that can be said is, that the surname "Amaya" is associated with the small village of Amaya in Burgos, Castile and León. Few of his paintings are dated, which makes it difficult to establish a chronology.[1][2] Most of his works are on religious subjects, but he is said to have also painted portraits.[1] His surviving works are scattered in and around Valladolid.[1][2]

According to Spanish art historian Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez (1749-1829), Amaya was a disciple of Vicente Carducho (1576/78–1638).[3] Amaya cannot have been Carducho's pupil, because their dates do not overlap. It is possible that Amaya knew or was influenced by later Spanish painters of the Madrid high Baroque school, such as José Moreno [es] (after 1630 - 1677) and Francisco de Solís (c. 1620/1625 - 1684), and the court painters of the time.[1] He has also been said to have been influenced by Alonzo Cano (1601-1667).[2]

In 1687, Valladolid painter Amaro Alonso de Llanos (Amaro Alonso Méndez, 1640-1699) married Damiana Jalón y Gallo, widow of the painter Juan Sanz. Amaya was one of the witnesses.[1] That is one of the very few contemporary records of Amaya's existence.

His wife was Isabel (née Lozano). They lived "outside the Puerta del Campo"; that is, roughly in the area of the modern Plaza de Zorrilla [es] in Valladolid. Amaya died on 29 October 1704. The Valladolid painter Ignacio de Prado was his pupil; Amaya's widow called Ignacio "una persona de mi cariño y de que tengo entera satisfacción" ("a person in my affection and in whom I have complete satisfaction").[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Ceán Bermúdez said of Amaya, "tienen mejor gusto de color que correccion en el dibuxo" ("he had better taste in colour than in correctness of drawing").[3] The one authority cited by Ceán Bermúdez was Antonio Ponz (1725–1792), who may only have known Amaya's altarpiece at Iglesia de San Martín, Segovia [es]. Spanish art historian Alfonso Pérez Sánchez [es] (1935-2010) had a more generous opinion.[4] So had the anonymous author who wrote for the Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid in 2001, "Fue artista bien preparada para la composición, mostrando gran habilidad en la angrupación y relación de las figuras" ("He was a masterful artist in composition, showing great skill in the grouping and relationship of people").[2]


These works have been attributed to Amaya:



  1. ^ a b It is unclear whether the paintings in Valladolid Cathedral and the Museo Nacional are the same or different.
  2. ^ The corresponding article in Spanish Wikipedia says Desposorios místicos de santa Gertrudis y san Antonio Abad ("The mystical betrothals of Saint Gertrude and Saint Anthony Abbot"), but does not cite any source.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "La pintura barroca en Valladolid entre 1665-1750". (in Spanish). 5 May 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid (2001). "Pintura del Museo Nacional de Escultura, Siglos XV al XVIII". Calaméo [fr]. NIPO [es] 176-01-202-1. pp. 81–85. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Ceán Bermúdez, Juan Agustín (1800). Diccionario historico de los mas ilustres profesores de las Bellas Artes en España (in Spanish). 1. p. 26. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  4. ^ Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso (1992). Pintura Barroca en España 1600-1750 (in Spanish). Madrid: Ediciones Cátedra [es]. p. 347. ISBN 84-376-0994-1. By Alfonso Pérez Sánchez [es]
  5. ^ "La Virgen apareciéndose a Fernando III el Santo". Red Digital de Colecciones de Museos de España (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ Cavalcoli, Giovanni (25 September 2015). "P. Cavalcoli rincara la dose sulla misericordia del cardinale Kasper". Scuola Ecclesia Mater (in Italian). Retrieved 10 September 2017.