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Saint Jerome
Valdés Leal, Juan de
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Valdés Leal, Juan de

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

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Saint Jerome

1656 - 1657. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

Large series of paintings for religious orders were painted throughout the seventeenth century. They include free-standing figures of saints and scenes with more complex compositions. That is the case of the present work, which belongs to a series of saints made around 1657 by Valdés Leal for the Sacristy of the Convent of San Jerónimo in Seville. The series was scattered in the nineteenth century. All of these works share similar characteristics: the saint is standing, and is seen from below, accompanied by his identifying attributes. Here those attributes are a Cardinal´s hat, a table with writing instruments and the lion whose paw he cured when he was doing penitence. The work’s solemn, monumental character derives from its perspective and large scale. The artist´s hand is visible throughout the work, with a very free and confident rendering most visible in the saint´s highly expressive face.

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Valdés Leal, Juan de
Saint Jerome
1656 - 1657
Height: 252 cm; Width: 133 cm
Sacristía del Convento de San Jerónimo de Buenavista, Sevilla
Convent of San Jerónimo de Buenavista, Seville, 1657-1810; Royal Alcázar of Seville, 1810-1812; Convent of San Jerónimo de Buenavista, 1812-1836; Louis Philippe d’Orléans, 1836-1893; M. Hipp, London, 1893-1936; acquisition for the Prado Museum with funds from the Legacy of the Count of Cartagena to Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1936

Bibliography +

Catalogue of the Pictures Forming the Celebrated Standish Co, Christie and Manson, Londres, 1853.

Trapier, Elizabeth du Gué, Valdés Leal: spanish baroque painter, The Hispanic Society of America, Nueva York, 1960, pp. lám.37.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

La peinture espagnole du siècle d'or: de Greco a Velazquez, Association Française d'Action Artistique, París, 1976.

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Kinkead, Duncan Theobald, Juan de Valdés Leal (1622-1690): his life and work, Garland Publishing, Nueva York-Londres, 1978, pp. 376/ lám.54.

Prinz Von Hohenzollern, J.G., Von Greco Bis Goya. Vier Jahrhunderte Spanische Malerei, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, 1982, pp. 268.

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Velázquez en Zijn Tijd: zeventiende-eeuwse Spaanse schilderk, Rijks Museum, Amsterdam, 1985, pp. 104.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Juan de Valdés Leal, Guadalquivir, Sevilla, 1988, pp. 235/ lám.46.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Valdes Leal, Catálogo de la exposición celbrada en San Sebastián, Caja Gipuzkoa, 1991, pp. 122.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Valdés Leal, Museo del Prado; Junta de Andalucía, Madrid, 1991, pp. 108.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (III). Nuevas Adquisiciones. Museo Iconográfico. Tapices., Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996, pp. nº1693.

Juan de Valdes Leal (1622-1690), Obra Social y Cultural de Caja Sur, Cordoba, 2001, pp. 96.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Pintura barroca española: guía, Museo Nacional del PradoAldeasa, Madrid, 2001, pp. 238.

Muñoz Rubio, Maria del Valme, 'Juan de Valdés Leal. San Jerónimo' En:, Valdés Leal 1622-1690, Consejería de Cultura y Patrimonio Histórico,, 2021, pp. 270-279 n.77.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 2593.

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1693.
Autor, Valdés Leal. / 1693. Asunto, san Jerónimo. / Lienzo, 251 x 131 cm. / Nº catálogo, 2593 / Adquirido en enero de 1936 con fondos del 'legado Cartagena'...

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Juan Valdés Leal ft [anagrama en la base de la pilastra]
Signed. Front

Exhibitions +

Juan de Valdés Leal (1622-1690)
02.12.2021 - 27.03.2022

Juan Valdés Leal
San Sebastián
24.07.1991 - 31.08.1991

Valdés Leal
25.04.1991 - 30.06.1991

Valdés Leal
07.03.1991 - 07.04.1991

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Update date: 09-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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