CANO, Alonso
(b. 1601, Granada, d. 1667, Granada)

Virgin of the Immaculate Conception

Polychrome cedarwood, height 55 cm
Cathedral, Granada

In 1652 Cano returned to Granada from Madrid and he took on the unfinished decoration of the cathedral. He renewed his activity as a sculptor, achieving the high aesthetic standard in such finely executed pieces as the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. The wooden sculpture has a harmonious and fluid quality which invites the observer to survey it by walking around the object. The composition is perfect, complemented by the simple colouring scheme in blue and greenish tones, set off by lavish gilding. Only an artist practiced in both media could achieve such a perfect symbiosis of sculpture and painting.

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