LUISA ROLDÁN, KNOWN AS "LA ROLDANA"

Seville, 1652 – Madrid, 1706

Entombment

Circa 1689 – 1706

Polychrome terracotta

50 x 66 x 45 cm.

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LUISA ROLDÁN, KNOWN AS "LA ROLDANA"

Seville, 1652 – Madrid, 1706

The general composition, modelling of Christ’s anatomy, details of the faces and treatment of the various textiles on the present composition reflect Luisa Roldán’s style when working in terracotta during her Madrilenian period between 1689 and 1706 – the time when she earned the prestigious position of court sculptress to the King of Spain, first, under Charles II and, later, under Philip V.

Though the palate of this Entombment is relatively subdued when compared to her other often vibrantly coloured terracotta groups – perhaps as a result of some later repainting or as a reflection of the sobriety of the composition – numerous stylistic similarities can be made that demonstrate that the present group is also by her hand.

This outstanding polychrome terracotta group demonstrates a novel and noteworthy interpretation of this subject, both in terms of its iconography and
in its composition. Despite her formidable position as Escultora de Cámara under Charles II and Philip V, Luisa Roldán died in poverty, as was stated in her will. She was buried on January 10, 1706 in the church of San Andrés de Madrid, the same day as the Accademia di San Luca Rome awarded her the title of Académica de Mérito.

José Luis Romero Torres

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LUISA ROLDÁN, KNOWN AS "LA ROLDANA"

Seville, 1652 – Madrid, 1706

Entombment

Circa 1689 – 1706

Polychrome terracotta

50 x 66 x 45 cm.