Nicola Jennings is director of the Athena Art Foundation and associate lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Saint Michael Smiting the Devi(1692), Luisa Roldán. Monastery of El Escorial, Madrid.l

Courting success – the colourful career of Luisa Roldán

The artist’s independence of mind and spectacular skill led to her becoming the first female sculptor to the Spanish king

28 Jan 2022