Cano, Alonzo

Cano, Alonzo (surnamed el-Racionero), an eminent Spanish architect, painter, and sculptor, called "the Michael Angelo of Spain," was born at Granada, March 19,1601. He was the son of Miguel Cano, an eminent architect, who educated him. He was eight months with Francisco Pacheco, a painter. His works are to be found in all the principal churches and convents of Cordova, Madrid, Granada, Seville, etc. There is a celebrated picture by him, representing a subject from the life of St. Isodoro, in the Church of Santa Maria, at Madrid. As a sculptor, he executed several fine works, particularly a marble group of The Madonna and Child, in the great church at Lebrija, and two colossal statues of St. Peter and St. Paul. As an architect, he made, several additions to the palaces; and public gates and triumphal arches were erected from his designs. He died Oct. 5, 1665. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.

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