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Pedro Nuñez de Villavicencio (Seville 1644-1700)
Pedro Nuñez de Villavicencio (Seville 1644-1700)

Portrait of the Archbishop of Seville, Don Ambroio de Spinola (d. 1684), half-length, in clerical costume, in a sculpted oval

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Pedro Nuñez de Villavicencio (Seville 1644-1700)
Portrait of the Archbishop of Seville, Don Ambroio de Spinola (d. 1684), half-length, in clerical costume, in a sculpted oval
with inscription 'obijt die 14 Maii 1684 AEtatis.52./Ill.m' et Am' D.D Amb' Ignat' Spinola et Guzman./Archiep'. Hispajensis, Anno Dm. 1670. AEtatis suae 38,' (lower centre)
oil on canvas
35½ x 25¾ in. (90.2 x 65.4 cm.)
Provenance
(Possibly) Altamira; Stanley, London, 29 June 1833.
Duke of Sutherland, Stafford House; Christie's, London, 8 February 1908, lot 101, as 'B.E Murillo' (63 gns. to J. Permain).
Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 15 October 1971, lot 93, as Bartolome Esteban Murillo (900 gns.). Mrs. S. Moscheles, Mulberry Walk, London (according to a label on the reverse of the frame).
Literature
(Probably) G.F. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, II, London, 1854, p. 69, no. 6.
Curtis, Velasquez and Murillo, London, 1883, p. 299, no. 475, as Murillo.

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We are grateful to Professor Enrique Valdivieso for confirming the attribution to Villavicencio, who was a pupil and friend of Murillo. There is a replica in the Museum Calvet, Avignon.
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