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Saint Ambrose appointed Governor of Liguria and Emilia
Valdés Leal, Juan de
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Valdés Leal, Juan de

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

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Saint Ambrose appointed Governor of Liguria and Emilia

Ca. 1673. Oil on canvas. Not on display

In 370 the Consul Probus appointed Saint Ambrose governor of the provinces of Liguria and Emilia in northern Italy. Valdés Leal depicts this secular episode in an interior with classical architecture, thus creating a deliberate contrast with the Gothic architecture used for the other scenes in this series, which focus on the principal events in Ambrose’s religious life. 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.

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Inventory number
Valdés Leal, Juan de
Saint Ambrose appointed Governor of Liguria and Emilia
Ca. 1673
Height: 166 cm.; Width: 96 cm.
Serie de la vida de San Ambrosio
Acquisition, 2002

Bibliography +

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

Kinkead, Duncan Theobald, Juan de Valdes 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. 68.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2636.



Exhibitions +

Valdés Leal. La vida de San Ambrosio
20.01.2004 - 18.04.2004

Serie San Ambrosio, Valdés Leal
20.10.2003 - 04.01.2004

Update date: 15-04-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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