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ZENDEJAS, Miguel Gerenimo (thaynday'-has), Mexican artist, born in Puebla in 1724; died there in 1816. He came of a poor family, and probably would have died in obscurity and ignorance notwithstanding his natural talent for drawing; but Bishop Antonio J. Perez, at that time secretary of Bishop Bienpica, saw a rough painting by Zendejas, and, discovering an extraordinary gift in the poor artist, caused him to receive lessons by well-known masters. He was then too old to acquire the rudimentary principles of drawing', and always adhered to his former custom of not making any outline sketch of his figures, but, unrolling the cloth gradually, began his paintings from the top and finished every detail thoroughly before he painted the lower parts. Therefore some of his outlines are defective; but his genius gave him such facility of composition and such rich, soft coloring to his works, that his numerous paintings are esteemed highly among the artistic gems of Mexico. They are preserved for the greater part in his native city, which he never left. His best work is a " Calvary" in the cathedral of Puebla.
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