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Morales, Luis De (1509/19–1585/86)

  1. George Thomas Kurian

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0398

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Kurian, G. T. 2011. Morales, Luis De (1509/19–1585/86). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Spanish painter nicknamed El Divino. He worked from 1539 to the end of his life in Badajoz on the border with Portugal. He was one of the first wave of Counter-Reformation painters who were influenced by the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. He worked for the Cathedral of Badajoz and the Dominican Priory at Evora in Portugal. Many of his paintings have a Flemish appearance and an enamel-like finish achieved by several layers of glaze. He is most famous for small devotional paintings such as Pieta (1560), Holy Family (1562), Mater Dolorosa, and various Madonna and the Child portraits.


  • Spanish painter nicknamed el divino;
  • first wave of counter-reformation painters;
  • spiritual exercises, of ignatius of loyola;
  • paintings, with flemish appearance, and enamel-like finish;
  • devotional paintings, pieta, holy family, mater dolorosa