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Salvador Barbudo-Sanchez (1857 - 1917)

Lot 157: SALVADOR SÁNCHEZ-BARBUDO JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA 1857-ROME 1917

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November 16, 2005
London, United Kingdom

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SALVADOR SÁNCHEZ-BARBUDO JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA 1857-ROME 1917

VISITA CON EL CARDENAL (THE CARDINAL'S VISIT)

55.5 by 85.5cm., 21 3/4 by 33 3/4 in.

signed, inscribed, and dated Barbudo / Roma 1908 l.r.

oil on canvas

NOTE

Visita con el cardenal combines the two most salient characteristics of Sánchez-Barbudo's work: the search for novelty of theme and narrative content, and the use of minutely detailed brushwork and luminosity. Sánchez-Barbudo, in common with other Spaniards working in Rome, including Pradilla (lots104 & 163) and Salinas (lots 154 and 160), specialised in elaborate 'costume pictures', delighting the viewer with impressive details finely rendered with dazzling technical virtuosity.

Here, Sánchez-Barbudo depicts a well-to-do bourgeois family receiving a cardinal in their home. The interior, sumptuously furnished in the rococo style, along with the rich costumes and fabrics, are beautifully observed. Yet beyond the high technique lavished upon the composition, the treatment is comic and full of character and suffused with a gently satirising anti-clericalism.

The cardinal, far from getting the attention he expects, is, literally, sidelined, his expression and body language showing his pique. There is no doubt that contemporary collectors and spectators took pleasure in the sight of noble self-respecting figureheads of the church being brought back down to earth. The comedy was appealing, and the message suited the prevailing political mood of an increasingly secular middle-class buying public.

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