MONTAÑÉS, Juan Martínez
(b. 1568, Alcala la Real, d. 1649, Sevilla)

Bust on a Reliquiary

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Painted wood, height 30 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Montañés was the greatest Spanish sculptor of the 16th century, known as "the god of wood" on account of his mastery as a carver. This bust belonged to the reliquiary made for a small bone of one of the companions of Saint Ursule who suffered martyrdom in Cologne.