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Juan Martínez Montañés

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" Sculptor. Prominent figure in Spanish polychromatic wooden sculptures, a technique whose development reached its apex in the 16th and 17th centuries."

Born in Alcalá la Real (Jaén) in 1568, Montañés most likely received his training in Granada, in the workshop of Pablo de Rojas, and later became one of the most salient representatives of the Sevillian school of sculpture. Between 1605 and 1620, he executed a series of highly mature works that became his representative bar, including “El Cristo de la Clemencia”. From 1620 onwards, he worked in collaboration with his favourite pupil, Juan de Mesa. As with the rest of the sculptors in the Sevillian school, Montañés distinguished his works from other Castilian works with his portrayal of serenity, restraint and classical dignity, with a realism more baroque and less dramatic. He died in Seville in 1649, victim of the plague that decimated half of the population.

Highlighted works

  • Cristo de la Clemencia
  • Saint Christopher
  • Saint Bruno
  • Saint John the Baptist
  • Inmaculada, also known as La cieguecita
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