Francisco Antolínez de Sarabia (1645–1700) was an historical and landscape painter, and studied in the school of Murillo, whose style and manner of colouring he followed.
He was born at Seville, and was a nephew of Joseph Antolinez. He went to his uncle at Madrid in 1672; but notwithstanding his having already distinguished himself as a painter, he left the profession for literary pursuits, and for the purpose of obtaining a lucrative situation at the bar, having been originally educated at Seville for the law. Being unsuccessful, he was compelled again to have recourse to painting, as a means of subsistence. It was then that he produced those small pictures from the Bible and the life of the Virgin, which are so much admired by amateurs for their invention, colour, and facility of execution. He died in 1700, regretted by the true friends of art, who lamented the misapplication of those talents with which he was endowed.
His paintings included:
- Flight into Egypt (undated), oil on panel, 45 by 73 cm, now in the Prado, Madrid
- Jacob and Rachel at the Well (1670), now at the El Paso Museum of Art
- The Adoration of the Pastors (1678), Seville Cathedral
- Desposorios de la Virgen
- The Annunciation, Prado, Madrid
- The Adoration of the Kings (La Adoración de los Reyes), Prado, Madrid
Other paintings by Antolínez are now at the Budapest Castle and the Art Institute of Chicago being a few listed.
This article incorporates text from Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.
- Agüera Ros, José Carlos, Cuadros del pintor sevillano Francisco Antolínez Saravia (c. 1645-1700) en el monasterio de Santa Cruz de Sahagún (León), Boletín del Seminario de Estudios de Arte y Arqueología, no. 61, 1995, p. 405-412.
- Lozano López, Juan Carlos, Una serie inédita del pintor Francisco Antolínez en la iglesia parroquial de Brea de Aragón (Zaragoza), Artigrama, no. 17, 2002, p. 329-340
- Palomino, Antonio (1988). El museo pictórico y escala óptica III. El parnaso español pintoresco laureado. Madrid, Aguilar S.A. de Ediciones, p. 46. ISBN 84-03-88005-7.
- Rivera de las Heras, José Ángel, Una serie inédita del pintor Francisco Antolínez en la iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios de Zamora, BSAA arte, LXXI, 2005, p. 357-366.
- Signos. Arts and Culture in Huesca (Arte y cultura en Huesca. De Forment a Lastanosa.) Siglos XVI-XVII, exposition catalog, Huesca, 1994, p. 296, ISBN 84-86978-97-1
- Valdivieso, Enrique, Historia de la pintura sevillana (History of Paintings from Seville), 1992. Guadalquivir S.L., Publishers. ISBN 84-86080-76-2.
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