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ONLINE LECTURE: Luisa Roldán 1652-1706: from Seville to the Royal Court by Dr. Cathy Hall -van den Elsen, from the Discovering Women Sculptors from the 17th Century to the Present Lecture Series hosted by the The Public Statues and Sculpture Association

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Abstract: The daughter of a well-known Sevillian sculptor, Luisa Roldán trained in her father’s circle, sculpting both over-life sized wooden sculptures for churches and intimate terracotta sculptures for domestic, devotional spaces. After her marriage in 1671 Roldán established an identity independent of her father and subsequently attracted commissions from churches and religious brotherhoods. Leaving southern Spain with her young family in 1688, she travelled to Madrid where she soon established her reputation as an able interpreter of Madrid’s religious and political environment. In 1692 she was named Sculptor to the Royal Chamber of Carlos II retaining the title upon his death and the arrival of Felipe V, and working until her death in 1706.

Biography: Cathy Hall-van den Elsen studied Spanish art at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, completing her PhD (1992) on the life and work of Luisa Roldán. After a period working outside art history Cathy returned to scholarship in 2005, contributing the introductory chapter to the exhibition catalogue Roldana published by the Consejeria de Cultura in Seville in 2007.  In 2018 Cathy published a monograph in Spanish:Fuerza e Intimismo: Luisa Roldán, escultora (1652-1706), (Madrid, CSIC). In August 2020 her annotated bibliography on Luisa Roldán was published by Oxford Bibliographies Online, and in 2021 Lund Humphries will publish her monograph in English: Luisa Roldán.  Cathy’s next project is a study of creative women from Spain and Portugal in early modern period.

A Spanish female artist of the early modern period – ‘Finding Luisa Roldán: A North American road trip’, a blog post by Dr. Cathy Hall-van den Elsen

The Education of the Virgin, 1680s, by Luisa Roldán. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

‘The Spanish sculptor Luisa Roldán (1652–1706) was recognised in her lifetime as an artist of considerable talent. Luisa was born in Seville, the daughter of Pedro Roldán, a prominent sculptor.’

Please click here to read the rest of Dr. Cathy Hall-van den Elsen’s blog post on Art Herstory to find more on Luisa Roldán’s works in North American collections.

Text excerpt and image from Dr. Cathy Hall-van den Elsen’s blog post on Art Herstory.

A New Acquisition on Display at the Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid

dsc_0008Now on display at the Museo Nacional de Escultura in Valladolid the museum’s newly acquired group of 19 individual polychrome sculptures by the Seville-born Luisa Roldán (1652-1706), forming the unusual subject of the Cavalcade of the Kings. These small-scale cedar-wood painted and gilded figures were acquired in December 2017 after being export-stopped and are the first examples of La Roldana’s work to enter the Valladolid museum. Amongst the mixed-race cavalcade, which is presumed to have formed the cortege for a much larger, but now dismantled, group, there is a fourth king, the King of Tharsis, the mythical Hispanic region cited in the Bible. The group is believed to have been carved before the sculptress moved to the Madrid court in 1689. A video clip showing some of the figures can be viewed here.