Juan de Mesa_Master of Passion - Page 32

Fig. 30 Juan de Mesa,
Cristo del Amor, 1618 -1620,
polychromed wood, church
of El Divino Salvador.
1618 came the first in series of impressive Crucified Christs, the
“theological… destined for contemplation and mediation,”
Cristo del Amor (1.81 m high) in the church of El Salvador (fig. 30).
where Mesa’s is more human, “God-Man” who died to save
Produced for a local confraternity, this work is closely modelled
all who would follow him. 59 It is significant that the Cristo del
on Montañés’s Cristo de la Clemencia, although Mesa’s Christ –
Amor was produced just months before another artist working
Fig. 31 Diego
with its sharply-defined ribcage and heavy, swollen eyelids – is
in Seville, Diego Velázquez, would execute his revolutionary
Velázquez, Adoration
more expressive, and returns to the tradition of crucifixion
Adoration of the Magi whose humble Holy Family reminds us,
of the Magi, 1619, oil
by means of three nails rather than four. Comparing the
like Mesa’s sculpture, that Christ was born both human and
on canvas, Madrid,
two, Hernández Díaz characterizes the figure by Montañés as
divine (fig. 31).
Museo del Prado.


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