Juan Sanchez Cotan
Juan Sánchez Cotán was born in 1561 in Orgaz, Spain. In 1603 he was a still-life painter in Toledo and afterwards he decided to become a monk, entering the Carthusian monastery at Granada as a laybrother. He painted a number of unexceptional religious works, but some believe that his still-lifes rank alongside those of the great names in European painting.
Sánchez Cotán regularly depicted simple fruits and vegetables, arranged on a ledge or shelf against a dark background. Sánchez Cotán’s style had a major influence on other Spanish artists, most notably on Zurbarán.