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Columbus by Ricardo Balaca Coloring Sheet - Free to print (PDF file). Includes handwriting and spelling practice.
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This illustration shows Christopher Columbus before Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, following his return from America. It is based on a painting by the famous Spanish artist, Ricardo Balaca.

This free printable coloring sheet includes handwriting practice. Click here to print (PDF file).

Ricardo Balaca, born on December 4, 1844, in Madrid, Spain, was a notable 19th-century Spanish painter and illustrator renowned for his vivid depictions of military scenes and historical events. Balaca emerged from a family with a strong artistic tradition; his father, José Balaca, was a well-respected painter, and his brother, Eduardo Balaca, also pursued a career in the arts.

Balaca trained at the prestigious Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, where he honed his skills and developed a distinctive style. His works are characterized by their dynamic compositions, attention to detail, and ability to capture the drama and intensity of battle scenes. Among his most acclaimed pieces are his portrayals of the Carlist Wars, a series of civil wars in Spain during the 19th century, which vividly illustrate the chaos and heroism of these conflicts.

In addition to his paintings, Balaca contributed illustrations to various publications, enhancing his reputation as a skilled artist capable of bringing historical and contemporary events to life through his work. His illustrations were highly regarded for their accuracy and artistic quality, making significant contributions to the visual culture of his time.

Ricardo Balaca's legacy lies in his ability to document and interpret Spanish military history through art, providing future generations with a visual record of significant historical moments. He passed away in 1880, leaving behind a body of work that continues to be appreciated for its historical and artistic value.
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