Where: Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla , Sevilla, Plaza del Museo, 9

When: 29 de Noviembre de 2019 – 15 de Marzo de 2020

Price: Free for European Union Citizens. Rest: 1,50

The exhibition brings together, in a unique and unrepeatable occasion, the masterpieces of the sculptor Martínez Montañés presented as one of the great creators in the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque, capable of raising a personal artistic territory, putting intensity at the service of faith and beauty. The exhibition aims to show the transcendence of the artist through a selection of the most chosen of his production: sets that constitute altarpieces or large commissions, together with the best examples of imagery, reliefs, and sculptures of round bulk, of different stages and representative of the iconographies that contributed decisively to consolidate in baroque Seville. Along with this, the criterion maintained in the selection of works has been representativeness, quality and conservation status. To do this in recent months on the occasion of the exhibition, it has intervened in 18 of the exhibited works.

The Artist

Juan Martínez Montañés (Alcalá la Real, 1568- Seville, 1649) was one of the greatest spanish sculptors of the first half of the seventeenth century. Based in Seville, he carved numerous wooden statues and reliefs that were painted and integrated into large altar screens called retablos for churches in his native region or to be shipped to the New World He constitutes a milestone in the history of Spanish Baroque sculpture. The levels reached by the artist make him a teacher of teachers, whose main disciple was Juan de Mesa. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to deepen his life and his work in the genesis of the Baroque in Seville.​

The artist begins his career in Alcalá la Real (Jaén) as a doctor in his father’s workshop. After the transfer of the family to the city of Granada, in 1580, he enters as an apprentice in the sculpture workshop of Pablo de Rojas, one of the imaginers who settle the Crucified and Nazarene models that, later, will proliferate throughout the Andalusian geography during the Baroque. Nothing is known about the work he could have done in this city.

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