Valdés Leal, Juan de

Valdés Leal, Juan de

(hwän thā väldās` lāäl`), 1622–90, Spanish baroque painter and etcher, active mainly in Seville and Córdoba. He is especially famous for grimly moralizing subjects, as in Allegory of Vanity (Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Conn.) and Hieroglyphs of Death (Seville). He also executed moving religious paintings, using an inventive palette, e.g., Way to Calvary (Hispanic Society, New York City), and fine portraits.


See study by E. d. G. Trapier (1960).

Valdés Leal, Juan De


Born May 4, 1622, in Seville; died there on Oct. 15, 1690. Spanish painter. Studied in Cordova.

After 1656, Valdés Leal worked in Seville. He painted cycles of pictures for monasteries (in the chapel of the brotherhood La Caridad, c. 1674, Seville, and others). Valdés Leal’s works (The Assumption of Mary, 1655, the Louvre, Paris: The Descent From the Cross, 1660’s, the Hermitage, Leningrad; Christ Among the Scribes, 1686, the Prado, Madrid) reflect the crisis of Spanish art in the second half of the 17th century. They combine an exalted religious statement of the frailty of existence with whimsical fantasy, and baroque lighting effects with naturalistic details.


Du Gué Trapier, E. Valdés Leal. New York, 1960.