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'Hall-van den Elsen’s monograph makes an important contribution to the existing bibliography, only some of which is included at the back of the book, and to raising the profile of Roldán’s enchanting terracottas, which deserve a catalogue all of their own.' – Apollo magazine

A beautifully illustrated monograph presents the first overview in English of the life and work of Luisa Roldán (1652-1706), a prolific and celebrated sculptor of the Spanish Golden Age

The daughter of Pedro Roldán, a well-known sculptor from Seville, she developed her talent in her father's workshop. Early in her career she produced large polychromed wooden sculptures for churches in Seville, Cadiz, and surrounding towns.

She spent the second half of her career in Madrid, where she worked in both polychromed wood and polychromed terracotta, developing new products for a domestic, devotional market. In recognition of her talent, she was awarded the title of Sculptor to the Royal Chambers of two kings of Spain, Charles II and Philip V. This book places Roldan within a wider historical and social context, exploring what life would have been like for her as a woman sculptor in early modern Spain.

It considers her work alongside that of other artists of the Baroque period, including Velazquez, Murillo, and Zurbaran. Reflecting on the opportunities available to her during this time, as well as the challenges she faced, Catherine Hall-van den Elsen weaves the narrative of Roldan's story with analysis, revealing the complexities of her oeuvre. Every year, newly discovered sculptures in wood and in terracotta enter into Roldan's oeuvre.

As her artistic output begins to attract greater attention from scholars and art lovers, Luisa Roldan provides invaluable insights into her artistic achievements.

One of Apollo Magazine's books of the year 2021.

  • Author: Catherine Hall-van den Elsen
  • Hardcover: 144 pages | 83 colour and 4 black and white illustrations
  • Date published: September 2021
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1848224469
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 19.9 cm

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