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

Ecce Homo

1560-70
Polychrome wood
Diocesan Museum, Valladolid

One of the more interesting foreign artists who worked in Spain during the second third of the sixteenth century is the Frenchman Juan de Juni, whose sculpture is noted for its spirituality, manifested in full and beautiful forms, natural in their proportions but declamatory in their distortion of gesture. Juni may have been trained in Italy, since his art shows evidence of contact with the Lombard Renaissance and Michelangelo. In about 1533 he appears in León but by 1541 he was settled in Valladolid. Several of his works deserve individual mention, among them the retables in Valladolid and Burgo de Osma cathedrals, and the Entombment in Segovia cathedral, dating from 1571, which combines figures on the same theme forming part of another Entombment, preseved in the Museum in Valladolid.