ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH 20 October 2021: Luisa Roldán by Catherine Hall-van den Elsen

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Holly Trusted explores, with author Catherine Hall-van den Elsen, the life and works of this celebrated sculptor of the Spanish Golden Age.

Lund Humphries is delighted to celebrate the launch of Luisa Roldán, a new monograph by Catherine Hall-van den Elsen, co-published with Getty Publications. This beautifully illustrated book presents the first overview in English of the life and work of Luisa Roldán (1652–1706).

To celebrate the new publication, author Catherine Hall-van den Elsen will be joined in conversation by sculpture historian Holly Trusted. They will introduce Roldán within a wider historical and social context, exploring her development as a sculptor from her early days in Andalucía to her later works in Madrid.

They will discuss the complexities of her oeuvre and reflect on the challenges she faced as a woman sculptor in early modern Spain.



Catherine Hall-van den Elsen studied Spanish art at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. In 2018, Hall published a monograph of Luisa Roldán in Spanish (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) and in 2020 an annotated bibliography in the Oxford Bibliographies in Art History series (Oxford University Press). She has contributed book chapters to Roldana (Junta de Andalucía, 2007), Women Artists in the Courts of Europe (Amsterdam University Press, anticipated 2021), and Polychromy in the Early Modern World: 1200-1800 (Routledge, anticipated 2022).

Dr Holly Trusted FSA (formerly known as Marjorie Trusted) is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. A Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she was previously Senior Curator of Sculpture at the V&A. She is also a Senior Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow. She is co-founder and trustee of ARTES, Iberian & Latin American Visual Culture Group. She is also co-founder and currently co-chair of the Public Statues and Sculpture Association and founding editor of the Sculpture Journal. She has lectured and published widely on sculpture. Her publications include British Sculpture 1470-2000 (2002), The Arts of Spain. Iberia and Latin America 1450-1700 (2007), The Making of Sculpture (2007), Baroque and Later Ivories (2013) and The Cast Courts (2018). She is currently preparing a book on German baroque sculpture, to be published in 2022.

How to view the talk:

Register for this free talk via Eventbrite here. The talk will be broadcast live via a Zoom Webinar. Questions from the audience will be welcome via the Q&A function. We will email all those that register via eventbrite with the Zoom link to watch live and also the link to the recording once we've uploaded it after the event.

Order the book:

Customers in the UK and rest of the world (excluding North America) can order from Lund Humphries. Customers in North American can order the book from Getty Publications.

Special Offer:

To celebrate the launch of the first volume in the new series Illuminating Women Artists, both Lund Humphries and Getty Publications are offering a 20% discount on copies of Luisa Roldan. Enter code WomenArtists20 at checkout to apply the discount. Valid until end 31 October 2021.