The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Mention Spanish painting and the mind immediately conjures up the familiar
names: El Greco, Velázquez, Goya. Sometimes the names of the less well-known—Ribera,
Zurbarán, Murillo—will come also to mind, and perhaps even that
of Cotan, the 17th-century monk. But the name Luis Egidio Meléndez
(1716-1780) is scarcely—if ever—among them. Yet he has often been
called (posthumously) the greatest Spanish still life painter of the 18th
century. He has also been called the "Spanish Chardin," but that epithet does
neither him nor the French still-life painter justice.
Southgate MT. Still Life With Grapes and Figs. JAMA. 2002;288(6):673. doi:10.1001/jama.288.6.673
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