The Prado Museum in Madrid presented three restored paintings that are considered to be the most important religious compositions of the leading Spanish romanticist, Antonio Maria Esquivella. Basically he is known as a portrait painter, but Catholic canvases are among his most important works.
Antonio Maria Esquivel is a well-educated and distinguished representative of the Seville school of painting. In 1839, suffering from a disease that practically deprived of his sight, he rushed into the Guadalquivir River. But later, thanks to the support of his friends, he practically cured himself, almost became a court painter and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the Commander Order of Isabella the Catholic.