(b. ca. 1576, d. 1636, Valladolid)
Paso with Descent from the Cross1623-25
Polychrome wood, over-life-size
Vera Cruz, Valladolid
One of the most extraordinary examples of processional art is Fernandez's monumental Descent from the Cross, an exceptional example of the expressive skills of the artist. The remarkable portrayal of two men standing on the ladder holding the corps which appears to float freely in the air represents a sophisticated solution to the complex problem of balance, and of situating the figures in space.