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The Consecration of Saint Ambrose as Archbishop
Valdés Leal, Juan de
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Valdés Leal, Juan de

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

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The Consecration of Saint Ambrose as Archbishop

Ca. 1673. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

The episodes from the life of Saint Ambrose were commissioned from Juan de Valdés Leal (1622-1690) by Ambrosio Ignacio Spínola y Guzmán (1632-1684), Archbishop of Seville, for his private oratory. They are markedly specular in nature given that the saint and archbishop share the same name, ecclesiastical rank and connections with northern Italy. The series was conceived by Spínola as a model of exemplary behaviour to the extent that the settings evoke the streets and churches of Seville and the saint’s features are those of the archbishop.

The political abilities and peace-making attitude demonstrated by Ambrose (4th century) as governor of Liguria and Emilia led him to also be proclaimed archbishop of Milan, against his will and despite not even being baptised. His immediate baptism is referred to here through the large altarpiece with the Gospel scene on this subject.

The series remind us of an aspect of the art of this period that is sometimes overlooked, namely that painting was an essentially narrative language which, with regard to the type considered superior at the time, had the purpose of recounting a story. This was frequently a sequential or serial narrative, which is sometimes difficult to appreciate today as many of these series have been broken up.

Cenalmor, Elena y Portús, Javier, Juan Valdés Leal. Serie de la vida de San Ambrosio. En: El hijo pródigo de Murillo y el arte de narrar en el Barroco andaluz, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2021, p.131-163

Technical data

Inventory number
P007820
Author
Valdés Leal, Juan de
Title
The Consecration of Saint Ambrose as Archbishop
Date
Ca. 1673
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 166 cm; Width: 109.5 cm
Series
Serie de la vida de San Ambrosio
Provenance
Altarpiece of the Lower Oratory of the Archbishop's Palace, Seville, 1673-1810; Marshal Soult, 1810-12; heirs of Marshal Soult; New York, Rosenberg & Stiebel, 1960; Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, private collection. Acquired by the Museo Nacional del Prado in 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. 72.

De Tiziano a Goya. Obras maestras del Museo del Prado., Tokio - Osaka, 2006.

Valdivieso, Enrique, 'Juan de Valdés Leal. La consagración de San Ambrosio como arzobispo', En: A su imagen. Arte, cultura y religión, A su Imagen, Madrid, 2014, pp. 280-281 n.76.

Portús Pérez, Javier, Ejemplo y recreo. Series pictóricas de uso privado en el Barroco andaluz, En: El hijo pródigo de Murillo y el arte de narrar en el Barroco andaluz, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2021, pp. 15-49.

Cenalmor, Elena y Portús, Javier, Juan Valdés Leal. Serie de la vida de San Ambrosio, En: El hijo pródigo de Murillo y el arte de narrar en el Barroco andaluz, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2021, pp. 131-163.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2637.

Exhibitions +

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

A su imagen. Saber y enseñar
Madrid
18.11.2014 - 12.04.2015

De Tiziano a Goya. Obras maestras del Museo del Prado
Osaka
14.07.2006 - 15.10.2006

De Tiziano a Goya. Obras maestras del Museo del Prado
Tokio
24.03.2006 - 02.07.2006

Valdés Leal. La vida de San Ambrosio
Sevilla
20.01.2004 - 18.04.2004

Serie San Ambrosio, Valdés Leal
Madrid
20.10.2003 - 04.01.2004

Update date: 30-07-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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