Bartolomé Bermejo

about 1440 - after 1495

Bermejo's real name was Bartolomé de Cárdenas, but he was known by his nickname 'Bermejo' meaning red, which suggests that he was red-haired or ruddy-faced. He was probably born in Córdoba in southern Spain in the 1430s and worked in Valencia, Zaragoza and Barcelona.

His proficiency in the use of the oil-painting technique suggests that he may have trained in the Netherlands. Some twenty or so works by him survive. He is recognised as the greatest painter of 15th-century Spain.

See a special feature on Bermejo's earliest recorded painting 'Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil'