Gaspar Becerra
architect, sculptor, and painter; b. (at Baeza, Spain) 1520; d. 1570.
Becerra spent a large part of his life in Rome, and assisted Vasari at the Cancellerķa and elsewhere. He devoted himself to anatomy and the study of the works of Michelangelo and Raphael. Sometime after 1556 he returned to Spain, and was employed at Zaragoza and Valladolid. From Valladolid he was invited by Philip II to Madrid, and decorated the Alcazar and the palace of the Pardo in that city. These decorations have been destroyed, and only a few of his pictures remain in the Museums. In 1569 he received a commission to design and build a tabernacle for the cathedral of Astorga (Leon, Spain). In 1563 he was appointed painter to the court.




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