Valdés Leal, Juan de(redirected from Valdes Leal, Juan De)
Valdés Leal, Juan de
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.