PEDRO DE MENA Y MEDRANO

Granada, 1628 – Malaga, 1688

Saint Francis of Assisi

1677

Carved and polychromed wood

78 x 29 x 35 cm

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This sculpture depicts Saint Francis of Assisi standing and dressed in the Franciscan habit, meditating on a crucifix which he is holding with both hands in a delicate gesture. A notably interesting feature of this sculpture is that it retains its ivory plaque with the artist’s name, the place of the work’s creation and the date, of a type that Mena customarily applied to his small-format works of the 1670s.

In his left hand Saint Francis of Assisi holds a small cross with a crucified Christ on it that is carved with great delicacy and miniaturist detail, making it visible from a short distance.

Pedro de Mena’s oeuvre includes a large number of Franciscan saints. Their habits reproduce the coarse serge of which they are made through the application in polychromy of thing white lines over a brown ground, as seen in the present work, or a grey ground. Some imitate the texture of patches or mends in the cloth that reflect the humility and poverty promoted by this religious Order a technique derived from Alonso Cano and which became one of Mena’s stylistic traits.

José Luis Romero Torres

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PEDRO DE MENA Y MEDRANO

Granada, 1628 – Malaga, 1688

Saint Francis of Assisi

1677

Carved and polychromed wood

78 x 29 x 35 cm

Private collection, Granada