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Senora Luisa Roldan - Sculptor: 1652-1706

Luisa Roldán called La Roldana, was a Spanish sculptress of the Baroque Era. She is the first woman sculptor documented in Spain. She was the daughter of sculptor Pedro Roldán, and she was taught by her father along with her siblings. Luisa learned the various techniques for working with clay, wood, stone, terracotta, and ivory.. After she married a sculptor, Luis Antonio de los Arcos, she worked in Cadiz from 1686 to 1688. She created wooden sculptures as well as statues for the Cathedral of Cadiz and the town council. She became court sculptor to King Charles II in Madrid in 1692.

While court sculptor, La Roldana created several life-size wooden polychrome sculptures, her most innovative works. An example of these, Saint Ginés de La Jara, was recently the focus of an exhibition of her technique at the Getty Centre. La Roldana continued as court sculptor under Philip V until her death on January 19, 1706.



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