MENA, Pedro de
(b. 1628, Granada, d. 1688, Málaga)

St Francis of Assisi

Sacristy of the Cathedral, Toledo

Pedro de Mena, son of the sculptor Alonso de Mena, was a pupil and assistant of Alonso Cano in Granada. It can be assumed that the St Francis statue executed for the Toledo Cathedral was based on a model by Alonso Cano. Pedro de Mena carried naturalism almost to excess, imposing the image as such upon the sculpture proper.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 33 minutes):
Michael Haydn: St Francis Mass