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Francisco Bayeu y Subías - Spanish Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Francisco Bayeu y Subías (1734 - 1795)

Francisco Bayeu was the brother-in-law of Goya, his most famous work being a portrait of his famous relative. Bayeu worked as court painter to Charles IV and also directed the Academy of San Fernando. In addition to portraiture, Bayeu also did decorative work, notably as a tapestry designer for the royal tapestry factory where he became director in 1777. Born in Zaragoza, he received a broad childhood education. His initial art studies were with a local master, José Luzán and Antonio González Velázquez. He then moved to Madrid, winning a scholarship with the painting of the ‘’Tyranny of Gerion’’ to study in the Academia Real de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. The death of his parents and the care of his brothers forced him to return to Zaragoza, until he was recalled by Anton Raphael Mengs to help decorate the Royal Palace of Madrid. He was named a professor of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in 1765 and director in 1788. He also painted for the College of San Ildefonso, the Royal Monastery of the Incarnation (Madrid), the Basilica of our Lady del Pilar in Zaragoza, and the cloister of the Cathedral of Toledo.

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