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Enrique Simonet

Enrique Simonet
Enrique Simonet, Self-Portrait, 1910
Born Enrique Simonet Lombardo
February 2, 1866
Valencia, Spain
Died April 20, 1927(1927-04-20) (aged 61)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Known for Painting

Enrique Simonet Lombardo (February 2, 1866 – April 20, 1927) was a Spanish painter.

Anatomy of the heart. 177 x 291 cm 1890
Judgment of Paris. 215 x 331 cm 1904
The Beheading of Saint Paul. 1887
Flevit super illam (He wept over it). 296 x 550 cm 1892

Early life

Simonet was born in Valencia. Apparently his first vocation of childhood was religious studies, but he abandoned it to devote himself to painting. Despite being Valencian and studying at the at the Saint Charles Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Valencia, he joined a circle of artists in the city of Málaga. He also attended the workshop of Bernardo Ferrándiz Bádenes, forming part of the Malaga school of painting.

Work and travel

In 1887 obtained a grant to study painting in the Fine Arts Academy in Rome, where he painted in 1890 Heart's Anatomy; a painting that would bring him international recognition and which won him several prizes.[1] Taking advantage of his stay Simonet traveled throughout Italy, visited Paris several times and in 1890 he made a tour of the Mediterranean. He also traveled to the Holy Land, where he painted his monumental work Flevit super illam; work for which he received numerous medals including Madrid in 1892, Chicago in 1893, Barcelona in 1896 and Paris in 1900. In 1893 and 1894 Simonet traveled to Morocco as a war correspondent for the newspaper La Ilustración Española y Americana.


In 1901 he became professor of Studies and Forms of Nature and Art, at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. In 1911 he became a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. Between 1921 and 1922 he was director of the Private Paular for landscapers.

Death and legacy

Simonet died on April 20, 1927. His painting The Beheading of Saint Paul is in a preferred place at the Malaga Cathedral.[2] Since he was also devoted to decorative painting and landscape, among his surviving works which stand out are the four large canvases on Allegories of Law in the Palace of Justice in Barcelona and Allegories of the Eight Provinces in the Palace of Justice in Madrid.

See also


  1. ^ "Enrique Simonet" (PDF). Faces of death: visualising history. 
  2. ^ "Cathedral of Malaga". 

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Biography at Museo del Prado (Spanish)
  • About Anatomy of the heart
  • About Flevit super illam
  • About Judgement of Paris (Spanish)
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