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The Ecstasy of Saint Francis by Valdés Leal: Long-term loan from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to the Meadows Museum
The career of Juan de Valdés Leal (1622-1690) parallels the closing decades of Spain’s Siglo de Oro. On a five-year loan to the Meadows Museum beginning this spring, The Ecstasy of Saint Francis from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is an excellent example of the artist’s mature style, characterized by dramatic tenebrism, lively paint handling, and by the expressiveness of his compositions’ figures.
This exhibition of medieval and early renaissance paintings on long-term loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston constitutes one of the greatest assemblies of medieval Spanish art in the country, providing a broader chronological and geographic context for the Ciudad Rodrigo altarpiece.