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An ephemeral monument in Seville cathedral; two plates printed on one sheet; in the upper plate, three stages with figure of the saint on top, under clouds and angels with Hebraic inscription; monument decorated with scrolls, angels, palms and royal arms; the same motifs in the borders; coats of arms in top corners; in the bottom plate, ground plan of the monument with figures of architects discussing architectural drawings, between two coats of arms; illustration to Torre's 'Fiestas de la Santa Iglesia Metropolitana de Sevilla'. 1671
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Height: 100 millimetres (lower plate)
Height: 440 millimetres (upper plate)
Height: 542 millimetres (whole image)
Width: 340 millimetres (whole image)
- Curator's comments
- See comment for 1868,1114.388.
This print shows the enormous ephemeral monument known as 'el triunfo' designed by Valdés Leal. It shows a three-tiered octagonal structure flanked by projecting arches, richly decorated with allegorical figures, painted scenes and emblems relating to Ferdinand. An effigy of him stands on top of the structure holding a sword and crown beneath a canopy of tumbling putti clouds and an Hebraic. The emblems decorating the monument were recorded in etchings in the publication. The painting facing the viewer in the top section of the canopy showing the triumphal entry of Saint Ferdinand into Seville survives in the convent of San Clemente el Real. The lower part of the print shows men, including Valdés Leal, discussing the architectural drawings. At the left is the coat of arms of Archbishop Ambrosio Spínola, at the right the city of Seville.
The print is a valuable record of the structure that represents an entire category of architecture that after the event was destroyed. The design and decoration of ephemeral structures involved vast expense the services of vast teams of artists and tradesmen to complete.
Valdés Leal also made an etching showing a view of the decorated main entrance of the cathedral (1868,1114.405). Other illustrations of the same work were etched by Matías de Arteaga y Alfaro.
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- Exhibition history
2012/13 Sept-Jan, London, BM, `Renaissance to Goya`
2013, Aug-Nov, Sydney, AGNSW, 'Renaissance to Goya'
2013-4, Dec-Mar, Santa Fe, New Mexico Museum of Modern Art, 'Renaissance to Goya'
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