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The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
Camilo, Francisco
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Camilo, Francisco

Madrid (Spain), 1615 - Madrid (Spain), 1673

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The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

XVII century. Grey-brown wash, Pencil, Pencil, Red chalk on yellow laid paper.
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The Virgin as a child climbs up a steep flight of stairs, where the high priest and his procession are waiting at the top left. In the foreground to the right, Saint Anne and Saint Joachim point towards the priest. To the left, a servant approaches with a ram held by a rope.

Despite the attribution to Valdés Leal that is accepted by Lefort, Sánchez Cantón and Trapier, Angulo points out that it is a drawing typical of Camilo and was made for the large canvas now held in the Museo de San Telmo in San Sebastián. It was loaned by the Prado where it was attributed to Francisco Solís; however, it is evidently the work of Camilo and is definitely the one cited by Palomino in the cloister of the Trinitarios Descalzos (Barefooted Trinitarians) of Madrid.

Trapier pointed out that the composition is directly inspired by Federico Baroccio’s Presentation in the Chiesa Nuova in Rome. He undoubtedly knew of the painting from an engraving since it ensures the inversion of the compositional scheme.

It is interesting that Lefort must have also believed it to be the work of Valdés Leal; Lefort was undoubtedly familiar with the painting, as he mentions it in the catalogue of his drawings. This is confused fairly frequently, as Angelo has pointed out, when publishing other canvases by Camilo once attributed to the Sevillian painter. Sánchez Cantón assumed that it was a preparatory work – with numerous variants – for the painting by Valdés in the Palacio Arzobispal (Archbishop’s Palace) in Seville, and Trapiers still considers it to be his in his monograph of 1960.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos T. I. Dibujos españoles, siglos XV-XVII / por A. E. Pérez Sánchez, Madrid, 1972, p.44-45

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Camilo, Francisco
The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
XVII century
Grey-brown wash; Pencil; Pencil; Red chalk
Yellow laid paper
Height: 220 mm; Width: 170 mm
Lefort Collection; Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Catalogue de la collection de dessins anciens de maîtres espagnols, flamands, français, hollandais et italiens, pièces rares de l'oeuvre de Goya: composant le cabinet de M. Paul Lefort, Paris, 1869, pp. nº 196.

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Dibujos españoles / material reunido por el Centro de Estudios Históricos, Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1930, pp. 426.

Trapier, Elizabeth du Gué, Notes on Spanish Drawings, Notes Hispanic. The Hispanic Society of America, New York, 1941, pp. 36 / lám. 27.

Trapier, Elizabeth du Gué, Valdés Leal: spanish baroque painter, The Hispanic Society of America, Nueva York, 1960, pp. 44 / lám. 109.

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Nuevas obras de Francisco Camilo, Archivo Español de Arte y Arqueología, 1965, pp. 59 / lám. II.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos T. I. Dibujos españoles, siglos XV-XVII / por A. E. Pérez Sánchez, Madrid, 1972, pp. 44-45.

El dibujo español de los siglos de oro / [preparación, estudio preliminar y catálogo Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez]., Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1980, pp. 40, nº 26.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 55.

Inscriptions +

16 [Invertido]
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, upper area

JUAN VALDES. [Sobre el cartón]
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower area

Update date: 17-08-2022 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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