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Onofre Falcó, a Spanish Renaissance master
Onofre Falcó, a Spanish Renaissance master
To this should be added another panel of the same
subject (fig. 24), also only known to the present author
from a photograph. It belongs to the Provincial Council
of Valencia and is on deposit as an anonymous work at
the Hospital General.
The stores of the Museo de Bellas Artes in Valencia and
the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona
have yielded various works that can now be given to
Falcó. These include an Annunciation (fig. 25) in the
Valencia museum (panel, 95 x 76 cm; inv. 543) which
was possibly a pendant to an Adoration of the Shepherds of
similar size (inv. 2360). Both may have been part of the
altarpiece documented as by Falcó in the monastery of
Santo Domingo in Valencia depicting Our Lady of the
Rosary and the Seven Joys of the Virgin.
Fig. 24 / Onofre Falcó
(attributed here), Adoration
of the Shepherds, oil on
panel, Diputación de
Valencia, (deposited as
anonymous).
The museum in Barcelona has two further works,42 as
well as one by Onofre’s father Nicolás Falcó of Christ
on the Cross with Saint John, the Virgin and Mary Magdalene
(panel, 94 x 75 cm); this latter work entered the
museum with the Domènec Teixidó bequest in 1961
(MNAC: 0691106-000) and was formerly catalogued as
anonymous. A further work is a previously unpublished
altarpiece that can now be returned to his son Onofre.
This is the principal part of an altarpiece (160.5 x 211
x 22 cm) on deposit from the City Council of Barcelona
(1939) which depicts Saint Christopher and Saint Catherine
of Alexandria and in the centre The Holy Spirit with Musical
Angels (MNAC: 028430-001), as well as the accompanying
predella with the Adoration of the Magi, Christ as the Man of
Sorrows and Saints Onuphrius and Anthony of Padua (55 x
211 x 16 cm; MNAC: 028430-002).
Finally, a series of works that appeared at auction in
recent years catalogued as anonymous can now be
given to Onofre Falcó. These are an Adoration of the
Shepherds with the Infant Saint John the Baptist (fig. J) in a
landscape with ruins and the Pyramid of Cestius, sold
at Christie’s Iberica, 25 May 1999, no. 625, Ca’n Puig
and Castillo de Bendinat, Mallorca; the Holy Family
with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Saint John the Baptist (fig.
K), sold at Alcalá Subastas in October 2010, no. 53;
and Saint Anne, the Virgin and Child (fig.L), auctioned at
Kunsthaus Lempertz on 17 November 2007, lot 1309
(94 x 69 cm).
Fig. 25 / Onofre Falcó
(attributed here),
Annunciation, oil on panel,
95 x 76 cm, Valencia,
Museo de Bellas Artes.
Fig. K / Onofre Falcó, Holy
Family with Saint Elizabeth
and the Infant Saint John
the Baptist, oil on panel, 54
x 76.5 cm, Alcalá Subastas,
October 2010, no. 53.
Fig. J / Onofre Falcó,
Adoration of the Shepherds
with the Infant Saint John
the Baptist, oil on panel, 71.7
x 61.3 cm, Christie’s Iberica,
25 May 1999, no. 625.
Fig. L / Onofre Falcó, Saint
Anne, the Virgin and Child,
oil on panel, 94 x 69 cm,
Kunsthaus Lempertz, 17
November 2007, lot 1309.
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