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Josefa de Ayala e Cabrera, called Josefa de Óbidos
HOLY FAMILY WITH THE INFANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, SAINT ELIZABETH AND ANGELS
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Josefa de Ayala e Cabrera, called Josefa de Óbidos
HOLY FAMILY WITH THE INFANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, SAINT ELIZABETH AND ANGELS
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
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Josefa de Ayala e Cabrera, called Josefa de Óbidos
SEVILLE 1630 - 1684 ÓBIDOS
HOLY FAMILY WITH THE INFANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, SAINT ELIZABETH AND ANGELS
signed lower right: Josepha: em  Obidos./1678
oil on copper
13 7/8  by 17 in.; 35.2 by 43.1 cm.
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Catalogue Note

Josefa de Ayala, also known as Josefa de Óbidos, was celebrated in her own lifetime as an accomplished painter of both still lifes and religious subjects.  She was born in Seville, the daughter of the painter Baltazar Gomes Figueira, with whom she trained.  She came to Portugal in 1634 when her father returned with the family to his native country, settling in the town of Óbidos.  Josefa undertook religious training at the Augustinian convent of Santa Ana in Coimbra, though she did not ultimately take vows, and returned to Óbidos in 1653 where she earned her own living as a painter, receiving commissions mainly from religious institutions, but also producing works for private devotion.

This painting on copper dates from the artist’s maturity.  With exquisite detail, and particular attention given to the depiction of the various textiles worn by the figures, Josefa depicts the Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Saint John the Baptist.  These figures, all grouped together at right, are set against a wonderfully theatrical vision of angels and cherubim descending from heaven.  Copper was Josefa’s preferred support in the first decades of her career, between 1647 and 1661, after which she painted mainly on canvas and on a larger format.  The present work and another painting on copper, sold in these Rooms last year, are exceptional in this regard, demonstrating her mature technique, but on a smaller scale and with a miniaturist sense of detail.1

1.  The Penitent Magdalene Comforted by Angels, signed and dated 167(9), oil on copper, 34 by 42.2 cm., New York, Sotheby's, 29 January 2015, lot 44.

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