- Also known as
Luis de Morales
primary name: Morales, Luis de
other name: Morales, El Divino
- individual; painter/draughtsman; Spanish; Male
- Other dates
- c. 1520-1586 (?)
- Painter, born in Badajoz (Extremadura), possibly trained under Pieter de Kempener (Pedro de Campaña q.v.) in Seville. One of the most renowned Spanish painters of the late sixteenth century, known since the eighteenth as 'el Divino' due to his deeply emotive religious subject matter. Painted a portrait of the Bishop of Badajoz, Juan de Ribera, later Archbishop of Valencia (1564, Museo del Prado, Madrid) who then commissioned many works from Morales, including the famous triptych of the 'Ecce homo, the Virgin and St John', which includes a portrait of Ribera alongside his onomastic saint (1564-9; Cádiz, private collection). Among Morales' most iconic works are his many interpretations of the 'Ecce homo' (Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid; Hispanic Society of America, New York) and the 'Virgin and Child' (National Gallery, London; Museo del Prado, Madrid). Died Badajoz.
- J.A. Ceán Bermúdez, 'Diccionario histórico de los mas ilustres profesores de las bellas artes en España', Madrid 1800, III, pp.183-91.
A. Palomino, 'Lives of the Eminent Spanish Painters and Sculptors', Cambridge 1987 (trans. Nina Ayala Mallory), pp.38-39.
I. Backsbacka, 'Luis de Morales', Helsinki 1962.
C. Solís Rodriguez, 'Luís de Morales', Badajoz 1997.