About the Artist
Santiago Rebull Gordillo was a notable Mexican painter of the 19th century.
He began his studies at age 18 at the Academia de San Carlos, of whichhe became principal and teacher, with muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957) among his students. His painting La Muerte de Marat earned him a scholarship to study in Italy, where he lived for seven years. Rebull famously painted portraits for the Mexican emperor Maximiliano de Habsburgo (1832–1867) and Presidents Benito Juarez (1806–1872) and Porfirio Diaz (1830–1915).