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

St Jerome

Polychrome wood, height 160 cm
Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, Santiponce

The period from 1605 to 1620 is generally regarded as the most important in Montañés's career; it was during this time that he produced, among other works, the St Jerome for the central niche of the high altar of the convent of San Isidoro del Campo at Santiponce in Seville, a work which would normally have been seen only from the front. However, the figure is carefully modeled in the round as it was intended to be removed for processions. The anatomical accuracy of the piece is of high quality: the tensed arm with its realistic musculature and the veins showing beneath the skin are scrupulously detailed.

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