Category:Andrés de la Calleja

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English: Andrés de la Calleja, a Spanish painter, was born at Rioja in 1705. He was a pupil of G. A. Ezquerra, and was so successful in his early efforts that he was soon appointed by King Philip V to a post of bonour. Ferdinand VI in 1752 made him first Director of the newly-founded Academy at Madrid, and he established a school of some repute. But we are told that the principal occupation of his latter years was that of restoring the ancient pictures belonging to the king! It would be unjust to visit on him all the iniquities that have been perpetrated on pictures in Spain by the process of restoring; for to such an extent has it been carried, that very few of them, really worth preserving, have escaped. His best works are in the churches of Santa Cruz and of San Felipe el Real at Madrid. He died in that city in 1785.
Polski: Andrés de la Callejahiszpański malarz barokowy.

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