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Before the advent of photography, if you wanted a picture of something or someone, you had to draw it yourself -- or hire someone to do it for you. Artists (at least the good ones) could make a good living painting portraits, cityscapes, scenes of commoners, or still lifes; and also preserving for us the particulars of their lives, the styles of their clothes and houses and the details of their world. Here are some whose works have lived beyond their lifetimes.
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Rafael Ximeno y Planes

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17591825
a Spanish painter who practiced his art in the colony of New Spain. Some of his work appears in the Basílica de la Asunción, in the town of Cieza.
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