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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
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PORTRAITS OF LUIS QUIJADA AND
MAGDALENA DE ULLOA
In the painting in the collegiate church of San Luis,
Villagarcía de Campos, Luis Quijada is shown standing,
full length, following the model for military portraits of
the time (fig. 3). He wears close-fitting armour over a
doublet and high boots, holding the baton of command
in his right hand and a sword in his left. The red sash
of the highest rank in the Navy crosses his chest, the
medal of the Order of Calatrava around his neck. He is
depicted against a background of blue sky and clouds.
His helmet is placed on the ground at the bottom left
corner by a curtain. A small battle scene is depicted
bottom right, just above a cartouche which says:
Luis quixada Steward to Emperor
Charles V, Equerry to Prince Don Carlos
– Field Marshal of the Spanish Infantry
– President of the Council of the
Indias- Councillor of State and War to
King [Philip II] – Order of Calatrava –
Commendador – native of Villaga[rcía]
Villamayor Villanueba, Santo finia [sic]
founder of this College and Chapel died
fighting the Infidel 1570.6
Magdalena de Ulloa is depicted with a prayer book
in her hands, kneeling on a large, pink cushion before
a table covered with a green velvet cloth supporting
a large crucifix (fig. 4). She wears a long black dress
with a white neck frill and sleeves decorated with lace
are visible underneath. Over the dress she wears a
black cape with simple white decorations along the
hem. Her only ornament is a long coral necklace. The
background is covered with heavy curtains and in the
bottom left corner is the caption:
Fig. 3 / Anonymous
(Spanish), D. Luis Quijada,
1678, oil on canvas,
Villagarcía de Campos
(Valladolid), collegiate
church of San Luis.
Fig. 4 / Anonymous
(Spanish), Dña.
Magdalena de Ulloa,
1678, oil on canvas,
Villagarcía de Campos
(Valladolid), collegiate
church of San Luis.
Doña Magdalena de Ulloa wife
of Luis quixada, foundress of this
College and chapel of the Colleges
of the Company [Society] of Jesus
of Oviedo and Santander and of the
monastery of the Penitence Valladolid
died aged 73 1598.7
The paintings were made around 1678, long after both
of their deaths, so a previous pair of portraits, now
lost, must have been painted during their lifetimes and
used as models. Pompeo Leoni could have made use of
Quijada’s for the alabaster bust.

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