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POMPEO LEONI / Portrait of a Knight of the Order of Alcántara or Calatrava Identified
POMPEO LEONI / Portrait of a Knight of the Order of Alcántara or Calatrava Identified
Fig. 2a & 2b / Pompeo
Leoni, D. Luis Quijada,
1565 (?), portrait bust,
alabaster (details),
Private Collection.
collegiate church of San Luis at Villagarcía de Campos,
modelled on the church at El Escorial, with designs
by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón. The tombs of both
Luis Quijada and Magdalena de Ulloa are in a crypt
under the altar with a cenotaphs beside the chancel.4
Magdalena de Ulloa, who was ahead of her time,
carried out work of great social importance. On being
widowed, she skilfully built up a network of influential
advisers, including Fray Domingo de Ulloa, her brother
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and a monk at the San Pablo monastery in Valladolid;
Knight Commander Hernando de Villafañe; and
Baltasar Álvarez, her confessor and a Jesuit. She was also
in contact with Francisco de Borja, who approved the
foundation as a college and novitiate house for the Jesuits.
Except for a few short stays in Madrid, she lived in
Villagarcía de Campos from 1549 to 1570 at which point
she was widowed. She then went to live in Valladolid, in
a house on the Corredera de San Pablo, where she died.5

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