Jose Villegas Y Cordero
Spanish, born Seville, Spain 1848-died Madrid, Spain 1922
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José Villegas y Cordero studied at the University of Fine Arts in Seville. When he was twenty, he moved to Rome and joined a circle of Spanish artists that included Mariano Fortuny and Eduardo Rosales Gallina. He lived in Italy for more than thirty years and sold works across Europe and America. On his return to Spain, he became the director of the Prado Museum, in Madrid.