Pedro Berruguete

Max Tanzer

Biography

Pedro Berruguete was born in 1450, Paredes de Nava, Spain. For most of his life he was in Paredes De Nava, Spain where he was born and trained before going to Italy to start his career. It is most likely he trained with a Flemish artist in his local region of Castilla y León. Pedro’s life consisted of using the techniques of other artists and combining them with his own Spanish style, he would then go to different churches and cathedrals and Paint for them. Pedro created Paintings, though his son went on to become a very famous Spanish sculptor. Examples of his works are Burning of the Heretics, Adoration of the Magi, and Annunciation. The only Patron I could find the name of is the Duke of Urbine though it did say he had many Patrons. He died in 1504.

The Work

This piece is called Annunciation. I could not find the time it was created but I can guess it was after 1477, the year he moved to Italy and blended his style with other Renaissance painters. You can find this painting in Cartuja de Miraflores, Spain and of course the internet. The significance of this piece is that it is an example of how Pedro combined Italian light and perspective techniques with Flemish typology and attention to detail. I find this piece interesting because of its symmetry and linear perspective, there are also many different things to look at. The easiest -ism to spot is Perspectivism, this is shown on the painting by the columns on the side of the arc to the arc in the next room.