VALDÉS LEAL, Juan de
(b. 1622, Sevilla, d. 1690, Sevilla)

Monument to St Ferdinand

1671
Etching, 560 x 330 mm
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By the mid 1660s Valdés began to work as a decorative painter. The most spectacular of his decorative works was executed in 1671 for the celebration of the canonization of St Ferdinand of Castile (1199-1252). A monument, made of wood and decorated with paintings and sculpture, was designed and decorated by Valdés. The structure was later dismantled, its appearance is preserved in a large print produced by Valdés himself.