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Luisa Roldán (Illuminating Women Artists)


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uisa Roldán (1652 - 1706), also known as La Roldana, was an accomplished Spanish Baroque artist, much admired during her lifetime for her exquisitely crafted and painted wood and terracotta sculptures. Roldán trained under her father and worked in Seville, Cádiz, and Madrid. She even served as sculptor to the royal chambers of two kings of Spain. Yet despite her great artistry and achievements, she has been largely forgotten by modern art history.

Written for art lovers of all backgrounds, this beautifully illustrated book offers an important perspective that has been missing - a deeper understanding of the opportunities, and the challenges, facing a woman artist in Roldán’s time. With attention to the historical and social dynamics of her milieu, this volume places Roldán’s work in context alongside that of other artists of the period, including Velázquez, Murillo, and Zurbarán, and provides much-needed insight into what life was like for this trailblazing artist of seventeenth-century Spain.

Author: Catherine Hall-van den Elsen
Pages: 144
Dimension: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.88 inches


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