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Villavaquerín (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Villavaquerín

The municipality of Villavaquerín (208 inhabitants in 2010; 4,496 ha; unofficial webpage) is located in the east of Valladolid Province, 30 km from Valladolid.

Villavaquerín was mentioned for the first time in 1095, as Villa Bacrin, when Count Pedro Ansurez granted some of his local possessions to the Valladolid Abbey. In 1110, the village was listed as Villa Uakrin, when Abbot Saldo granted to the villagers five watermills powered by river Duero. A charter by Count Armengol de Urgel, dated 1145, mentions Villabacrin. Villavaquerín is shown on the map of Valladolid Province designed in 1779 by Tomás López.

Villavaquerín is the birth place of the painter Juan Antonio Morales (1909-1984). Quoting the José de la Mano Gallery website:

Juan Antonio Morales carried out numerous posters for fairs and parties of his hometown. During the Spanish civil war he fought at the front, collaborated with the Antifascist Intellectuals Alliance, in magazines like the Mono Azul or El Buque Rojo and, it is believed, did the famous poster Los nacionales.
After the war he is arrested, however later, oddly, he will became portrayer of the high society, painting for instance Francisco Franco in several occasions.
In the forties, a tendency to the classicist figurative art can be seen in the work of Juan Antonio Morales, connecting him to other personal experiences of artists such as Luis Castellanos or Benjamín Palencia. In those works we find the same concept of the object overloaded with reality and simplicity in the most classic line as the still life of Zurbarán or Meléndez.

Ivan Sache, 9 March 2011

Symbols of Villavaquerín

The flag and arms of Villavaquerín are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 14 July 2000 by the Municipal Council, signed on 28 July 2000 by the Mayor, and published on 22 August 2000 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 162, p. 10,113 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, made of two equal embattled vertical stripes, the stripe at hoist white with a black bull, the stripe at fly red.
Coat of arms: Per fess embattled, 1a. Gules a castle or masoned sable port and windows azure, 1b. Or a bull sable, 2. A wall argent masoned sable port gules. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 9 March 2011