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Onofre Falcó, a Spanish Renaissance master
Onofre Falcó, a Spanish Renaissance master
Fig. 21 / Onofre Falcó, Virgin
with Child, oil on panel, 77.5 x
65.5 cm, Private Collection.
Fig. G / Onofre Falcó, Virgin
with Child in Clouds with
Angels, Private Collection.
Fig. 22 / Onofre Falcó,
Saint John the Baptist in a
Landscape, Private Collection.
Fig. H / Onofre Falcó, Holy
Bishop, Private Collection.
Fig. 23 / Onofre Falcó
(attributed here), The Descent
from the Cross, oil on panel,
121 x 100 cm, Valencia,
Generalidad Valenciana,
Arxiu Gràfic de la Conselleria
d’Educació, Investigació,
Cultura i Esport.
Fig. I / Onofre Falcó, Adoration
of the Shepherds, oil on
panel, Valencia, Generalidad
Valenciana, Arxiu Gràfic de
la Conselleria d’Educació,
Investigació, Cultura i Esport.
Gómez Arribas has also correctly attributed to
Falcó a Virgin and Child (fig. 21).40 This work was
formerly attributed to Ambrogio Bergognone and
appeared at auction with Millon in Paris (20 June
2014, no. 23) with an attribution to Joan de Joanes,
supported by Ximo Company. The character of
the folds of fabric and the landscape clearly reflect
Onofre Falcó’s most typical and personal forms.
Gómez Arribas has also reasonably attributed to
Onofre Falcó another work exhibiting these same
characteristics: notably close to the Virgin of the
Rosary in the Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia
(panel, 160 x 144 cm; inv. 509) is the Holy Family
with the Infant Saint John the Baptist (panel, 71 x 59
cm), attributed to the circle of Vicente Macip in the
catalogue of the Fernando Durán auction (9 May
1997, lot 33).41 Another painting of the Virgin and
Child between Clouds with Angels (fig. G), can also be
given to Falcó for stylistic reasons.
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A pair of panels depicting Saint John the Baptist in a
Landscape (fig. 22) and a Bishop Saint (fig. H), which seem
to have been in the Navarro collection in Valencia,
appear to reflect the highly individual and distinctive
style of Onofre Falcó. Both saints have a double-ringed
halo with rays of a type found in other works by this
artist. However, these are only known to the current
author from a photograph. The Sanchis Archive in the
Arxiu Gràfic de la Conselleria d’Educació, Investigació,
Cultura i Esport includes an image of a Descent from
the Cross which can be attributed to Falcó (fig. 23). The
background includes classical remains that recall the
ruins of the Palatine Hill in Rome. The panel was
offered at auction with Fernando Durán on 15 April
1999 (no. 87) as “Valencian School 16th century”.
Another attribution to Falcó that can be made from an
image in the Sanchis Archive (C/290) is an Adoration of
the Shepherds (fig. I), which has a luminous area at the top
with three angels holding a scroll.

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