José Álvarez Cubero
José Álvarez came as a 20 -year-old to Granada, where he was at the academy, by the way but also modeled. Since 1794, he studied at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. There, he won the first academic prize with a relief that the King Ferdinand I and his sons, the corpse of the Holy Isidor supporting figured. This prompted the king to grant him 12,000 Reales annual salary for further training from 1799 in Paris and Rome.
In Rome he received from Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned for the palace Quirinale to create four bas-reliefs, but never got over plaster models because of the political situation. In Rome, Álvarez created the group in 1818: Antilochus and Memnon, and the colossal group: defense of Zaragoza, which, executed in marble, came to the museum to Madrid. In 1826 he returned to Madrid, and died a year later.
Álvarez belonged to the group of contemporary sculptors, which have Bertel Thorvaldsen and like Antonio Canova, formed after the antiquity. With Canova his art is most related, surpasses him by Spanish art historians have argued, to passion the movement and energy of expression.