Pedro Roldán


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(b Seville, 14 Jan. 1624; d Seville, Aug. 1699).

Spanish Baroque sculptor. He trained in Granada but worked mainly in Seville, where he became the leading sculptor of his period. His work was often polychromed by Valdés Leal, as for example with his group of the Entombment (1670–2), which forms the centrepiece of the high altar of the church of the Hospital de la Caridad, Seville. Roldán's daughter and pupil, Luisa (1650–c.1704), was also a sculptor, principally active in Cadiz and Madrid. She was the only woman to hold the position of royal sculptor, to Charles II (see Habsburg). Roldán's grandson, Pedro Duque Cornejo (1678–1757), was Seville's foremost sculptor of the early 18th century.

Subjects: Art.

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