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Hispano-Flemish style

The Oxford Dictionary of Art

Ian Chilvers

Hispano-Flemish style. 

A term applied to the main trend in Spanish (especially Castilian) painting of the second half of the 15th century and the early 16th century, in which influence from Flanders (with which Spain had strong trading links), particularly a new naturalism of detail made possible by the adoption of oil paint, was combined with the intense religious sentiment typical of Spanish art. At the beginning of the Hispano-Flemish tradition stands the Virgin of the Councillors (1445, Barcelona Mus.) by Luis Dalmau, who visited Flanders in 1431. The most celebrated exponent of the style is Bartolomé Bermejo; the standard book on him (by Eric Young, 1975) is subtitled The Great Hispano-Flemish Master.