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Valencia, ca. 1505 – 1525
Christ Carrying the Cross with two Executioners
Oil on panel
44.1 x 35.1 cm
Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina’s legacy is inextricably linked
Private Collection, Italy
with that of his colleague Fernando Llanos, and the two are
collectively known by their shared first name as the Hernandos.
Like Yáñez, Llanos’s work indicates that he spent time in Florence
in the orbit of Leonardo, whose style had a profound impact
on him. Following their study years in Italy, the Hernandos are
documented in Valencia in 1506 at which point they inaugurated
a turning point in Spanish painting, incorporating the innovations
of the Italian Renaissance with stylistic aspects of local painting.1
The present work, which is new to Fernando Llanos’s corpus,
relates closely to the previously discussed painting by Yáñez,
taking up the same Leonardesque subject of Christ Carrying
the Cross. Llanos is known to have executed at least two
other versions of the composition: a Christ Carrying the Cross in
the Fundación Francisco Godia de Barcelona (fig. 5.1), and a
painting sold at Sotheby’s New York (3 June 1988) now in a
private collection in San Francisco.
Llanos’s composition – produced in Valencia ca. 1506-1513 –was
clearly inspired, not only by Leonardo, but also by local examples
of the subject such as that by Paolo de San Leocadio (Reggio
Emilia, 1447-Valencia?, 1519) (fig. 5.2), an Italian artist who had
been brought in 1472 by Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (subsequently
Pope Alexander VI) to decorate the capilla mayor in the Valencia
Cathedral, where the Hernandos also subsequently worked.


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