José Benlliure y Gil, 1858 –1937, Spanish painter. From 1903 to 1913, he was director of the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts. He was one of the select circle pensioned by the Spanish government for residence in Italy and executed several state orders for the decoration of public buildings. José Benlliure y Gil became the leader of the Spanish art colony in Rome, where he practised as painter and sculptor. -- The Copyright of Scripts is Reserved by Toperfect.