MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, Spanish
(active 1450-1470 in Seville)

The Nativity

1460s
Terracotta
Cathedral, Seville

The picture shows a detail of the Puerta del Nacimiento of the Cathedral, Seville. The relief was made by Lorenzo Mercadante of Brittany, who appeared in Seville in 1451, and was an important figure in the area of pure sculpture. He executed a number of free-standing statues for the two doors of the cathedral known as the Puerta del Nacimiento and the Puerta del Bautismo, working in terra cotta, a material he handled with remarkable virtuosity, allied with great depth of feeling and tender humanity. His art exerted a natural influence on the religious sculptors of Andalusia, especially on Pedro Millán, who worked in Seville between 1487 and 1507.