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Fig. 50 Juan Martínez Montañés, Saint John the Baptist,
1619, polychromed wood, Santiponce, San Isidoro del
Campo.
Fig. 49 Juan de Mesa,
San Ramón Nonato, 1626,
polychromed wood, Seville,
Museo de Bellas Artes.
the same subject in the church of San Pedro y San Pablo in Lima,
Juan de Mesa learnt the art of sculpture in the workshop of
Peru; and Saint Ramón Nonato (1.78 m high) produced towards
Martínez Montañés just as the latter was producing the retable
the end of Mesa’s life for the convent of the Merced in Seville,
for the high altar of the monastery of San Isidoro del Campo
Cristo de la Buena Muerte,
a work which is now in the city’s Museo de Bellas Artes (fig. 49).
in the Sevillian town of Santiponce. This retable, one of
1621, polychromed
With this painterly effect Mesa brought dynamism to the image
Montañés’s principal works, includes the master’s first known
wood, Seville, Seville
absent in the vocabulary of his master Montañés and of other
Saint John the Baptist (fig. 50). In addition to this work, Martínez
University Chapel.
contemporary artists.
Montañés produced different images and reliefs of the saint for
Fig. 48 Juan de Mesa,
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