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Andrés de Islas

(Active c. 1770-1783)
A painter that is still relatively unknown, but who has been gaining recent attention as a valuable member of the Mexican school. Islas is most well known for his ambitious, large-format paintings found at the college in Mexico City, yet, was also adept at capturing expression and personality in his exquisite portraits. In 1753, Islas--a well-regarded painter in the academic circles--signed the petition to establish an academy of painting in Mexico. Furthermore, he was a witness to the famed Miguel de Cabrera's will.