Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina, Almedina c. 1475 - 1536 Valencia

  • Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina

    Almedina c. 1475 - 1536 Valencia

Fernando Yáñez is a key figure in the introduction of the Italian High Renaissance style into Spain. Born in Almedina around 1475, the young Yáñez travelled to Italy in the first years of the sixteenth century. He visited Florence, where he studied the works of Raphael, Perugino, and Leonardo, and perhaps also spent time in northern Italy. Yáñez later worked in Barcelona, Murcia, and Cuenca before returning to Valencia, where he died in 1536. In his works, from large altarpieces to more intimately scaled pieces made for use in private devotional practices, Yáñez, along with his compatriot Fernando Llanos, was able to present an alternative to the Flemish models that had dominated Valencian art since Jan van Eyck’s stay in the city in 1428, introducing Leonardo’s highly original compositions as well as his pioneering sfumato technique into the lexicon of Spanish painting.


Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina
Almedina, c. 1475?–1536 Valencia
The Holy Family, c. 1523
Oil on wood panel
36.5 x 30 cm (14 3/8 x 11 3/4 in.)