Juan Sanchez Cotan
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Famous Painters: Juan Sanchez Cotan
The first known Spanish painter of still life was Blas de Prado, however none of his work survives. It is believed he instructed Juan Sanchez Cotan (1560-1627). The earliest of these Cotan paintings and likely the earliest known Spanish still life, or bodegon is 'Still Life with Game, Vegetables and Fruit' (1602). It exemplifies the mastery he brought to the genre: everyday objects instilled with a dignity that monumentalises them.