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Saint Ambrose absolves the Emperor Theodosius
Valdés Leal, Juan de
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Valdés Leal, Juan de

Sevilla (Spain), 1622 - Sevilla (Spain), 1690

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Saint Ambrose absolves the Emperor Theodosius

Ca. 1673. Oil on canvas. Room C

The Emperor Theodosius (4th century AD) prostrates himself before the Bishop of Milan, who absolves him in front of the cathedral and thus allows him to enter. The buildings are vaguely inspired by the architecture of Seville while some of the figures are portraits. The canvas is one of a series on the life of Saint Ambrose that Valdés Leal painted for Ambrosio de Spinola (1632-1684), Archbishop of Seville.

Technical data

Inventory number
Valdés Leal, Juan de
Saint Ambrose absolves the Emperor Theodosius
Ca. 1673
Height: 166 cm.; Width: 110 cm.
Serie de la vida de San Ambrosio
Acquisition, 2002.

Bibliography +

Ceán Bermúdez, Juan Agustín, Diccionario histórico de los más ilustres profesores de las Bellas Artes en España, V, Imprenta de la Viuda de Ibarra, Madrid, 1800, pp. 110.

Kinkead, Duncan Theobald, Juan de Valdés Leal (1622-1690): his life and work, Garland Publishing, Nueva York-Londres, 1978, pp. 233-244.

Kinkead, Duncan Theobald, The Altarpiece of the Life of Saint Ambrose by Juan de Valdés Leal, The Art Bulletin: A Quarterly Published by the College Art Association (CAA), 64, 1982, pp. 473-481.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Juan de Valdés Leal, Guadalquivir, Sevilla, 1988.

Brooke, Xanthe, Murillo in Focus, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1990.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Valdés Leal, Museo del Prado; Junta de Andalucía, Madrid, 1991, pp. 34-35.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Pintura barroca en España 1600-1750, Cátedra, Madrid, 1992, pp. 376.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Memoria de actividades 2002, Madrid, 2003, pp. 46-53.

Álvarez Lopera, José, Valdés Leal: la vida de San Ambrosio, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2003, pp. 84 (con bibl. actualizada).

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2639.



Exhibitions +

El Hijo Pródigo de Murillo y el arte de narrar en el Barroco andaluz
21.09.2021 - 23.01.2022

Murillo’s The Prodigal Son and the art of narrative in Andalusian Baroque painting
21.09.2021 - 23.01.2022

Valdés Leal. La vida de San Ambrosio
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Serie San Ambrosio, Valdés Leal
20.10.2003 - 04.01.2004

Location +

Room C (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 21-09-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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