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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 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.

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Valdés Leal, Juan de
The Consecration of Saint Ambrose as Archbishop
Ca. 1673
Height: 166 cm.; Width: 109.5 cm.
Serie de la vida de San Ambrosio
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.

Other inventories +

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



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21.09.2021 - 23.01.2022

A su imagen. Saber y enseñar
18.11.2014 - 12.04.2015

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

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

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: 16-09-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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