Fernando de Valdés y Llanos was from the family of the Counts of Toreno. He was appointed Bishop of Teruel in 1625, Bishop Elect of León in 1632, and in 1633 Archbishop of Granada and President of the Council of Castille, a post comparable to that of Lord Chancellor which prevented him from leaving Madrid. He died in 1639.

It is probable that this is a posthumous portrait, a work of the early 1640s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1599 - 1660
Full title
Portrait of Archbishop Fernando de Valdés
Date made
1640-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
63.5 x 59.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought with a contribution from The Art Fund, 1967
Inventory number
NG6380
Location in Gallery