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Vicente Juan Masip was born in 1507, in the city of La Font de la Figuera, in the region of Valencia, Spain. His father was the distinguished Spanish Renaissance painter Vicente Masip. To differentiate himself from his father, Masip adopted the name of Joan de Joanes.
Although not sure, scholars suggest that he studied art for a period in Italy, due to clear influences from Sebastiano del Piombo. However, such influences could have come from Italian painters arriving in the Spanish region of Valencia. Also, the Italian painters Francesco Pagano and Paolo da San Leocadio painted the Valencia Cathedral, commissioned by Pope Rodrigo Borgia. This could explain further Masip’s influence from the Italian Mannerism.
Even if he spent time studying in Rome, Masip spent most of his professional career in Valencia, at least is where most of his artworks are found today.
Although Masip also executed mythological scenes and portraits, he produced mainly religious scenes, which are characterized primarily by his keen attention to detail, resulting in drawing accuracy, the dignity of conception, beauty of color, and an exquisite finish. In fact, the painting was a fundamental process to Masip, even to a religious extent, for the artist only painted when he received the holy communion. For him, the painting was a reflective practice, full of fasts, prayers, and an oratory process.
During his career, Masip was a very respected artist who was never short of patronage, especially from the church St. Thomas of Villanova, the archbishop of Valencia, commissioned a series of cartoons depicting the Life of the Virgin, to model them for tapestries.
Masip executed commission for several Catholic orders, such as the Augustinians, Minims, Jesuits, and Franciscans. He also worked for the churches of Santa Cruz, St. Esteban, Temple, San Nicolas, Carmen Calzado, San Miguel de Los Reyes, Corona, and San Andres.
Among his most noteworthy artwork are the Virgin and the Child with Sts. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, Christ with the Chalice, St John the Evangelist, as well as his Last Supper.
Masip’s son also became a painter, following much of his father’s style, he was known as Vicent de Joanes.
Vicente Juan Masip died in 1579, in the city of Bocairent, Spain.