Nicknamed "El Mudo". Born at Logrono; sources differ on what year. Deafened at age 3 by illness; no formal education except in drawing and painting at a monastery. After extensive travels in Italy, he was appointed painter to Philip II, March 6, 1568. Commissioned to paint 32 altars and the high altarpiece for the basilica of San Lorenzo in the Escorial near Madrid, but had completed only 8 when he died young and was buried in the church of San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo.
Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences, p.272-274; Notable Deaf Persons, p.123-125; American Annals of the Deaf, vol.26, p.179-82; Gallaudet Encyclopedia, 1987, vol.2, p.236-7; Movers & Shakers, p.41-44; The Conquest of Deafness, p.34-36; The Frat, v.40 n.2, Sept. 1942, p.3; The Grove Dictionary of Art Online.
1526? 1532?-28 March 1579