JUNI, Juan de
(b. 1506, Joigny, d. 1577, Valladolid)


Sculptor, probably of Burgundian origin, active in Spain from c.1533. He worked at León and Salamanca before settling at Valladolid in 1540. He was a prolific sculptor of religious subjects, excelling in the dramatic expression of emotion, and is generally ranked next to Alonso Berruguete as the outstanding Spanish sculptor of his period. Berruguete himself called him 'the best foreign carver in Castile'. Juni's most famous works are probably the two groups of the Entombment in Valladolid Museum (1539-44) and Segovia Cathedral (1571).