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The sacred made real : Spanish painting and sculpture, 1600-1700

By: Barbour, Daphne Bray, Xavier de Ceballos, Alfonso Rodriguez G. Ozone, Judy De Castro, Maria Fernanda Moron(Contributions by) Luciano, Eleanora(Contributions by) Moreno, Rocio Izquierdo(Contributions by) Romero, Ignacio Hermoso(Contributions by) Rubio, Maria Del Valme Munoz(Contributions by) Trusted, Marjorie(Contributions by)

1857094220 / 9781857094220
Out of print
United Kingdom
30 cm 224 p. : col. ill.
Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly  Learn More Undergraduate

In 16th- and 17th-century Spain, sculptors and painters combined their skills to depict, with astonishing realism, the great religious themes.

Wooden sculptures of the saints, the Immaculate Conception, or the Passion of Christ were painstakingly carved, gessoed, and intricately painted, even embellished with glass eyes and tears and ivory teeth.

Some were shockingly graphic in their depiction of Christ's sufferings; others, beautifully clothed, appeared to bring saints to glorious life.

These were objects of divine inspiration to the faithful, whether displayed on altars or processed through the streets on holy days.

Featuring new photography, this book reappraises the unique form of Spanish painted wooden sculpture.

In addition to examining the sculptures' religious roles, it also explores the unique creative relationship of sculptor and painter: Velazquez's teacher and father-in-law Francisco Pacheco, for example, often painted the flesh and drapery of wood carvings by the celebrated sculptor Juan Martinez Montanes, and taught a generation of students.

The skill of painting these hyper-realistic sculptures was an integral part of an artist's training, enhancing his sensitivity to visual impact and physical presence-evident in paintings of the period.


1DSE Spain, ACQ History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800, AFKB Sculpture, AGH Human figures depicted in art, AGR Religious subjects depicted in art

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