Cristóvão Lopes

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Portrait of Queen Catherine (kneeling) by Cristóvão Lopes. National Museum of Ancient Art.

Cristóvão Lopes (c.15161594) was a Portuguese painter.

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Cristóvão Lopes was the son and disciple of royal painter Gregório Lopes, who died in 1550. Cristóvão succeeded his father as the royal painter of King John III in 1551. Since no works are known by him before the death of his father, it is assumed that up to this time Cristóvão worked in his father's workshop.

Few paintings are certainly by his hand, since he did not sign his works. Cristóvão Lopes' painting style suggest that he may have worked with Dutch portrait painter Antonis Mor (also known as Antonio Moro) who had come to Portugal in the 1550s to paint the royal family.

Cristóvão Lopes is the painter of an altarpiece for the Convent of Madre de Deus in Lisbon, in the high choir of the church, which carry portraits of the royal couple, John III and his wife Catherine of Austria (or Habsburg). Other royal portraits attributed to him are now on display in the National Museum of Ancient Art, in Lisbon. He is also the painter of an allegory of Mercy for the Misericórdia Church in Sesimbra.

Anthology of major works

Since Lopes did not sign his works, many of these paintings are only attributed to him (or to his workshop). Many were copies of the works of others, such as of Antonis Mor.

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References

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