Juan de Mesa_Master of Passion - Page 95

Fig. 64 Juan de Mesa, Cristo del Perdón, ca. 1619-1620, polychromed wood,
Fig. 65 Juan de Mesa, El Nazareño de la Rambla, 1621-1622, polychomed
Seville, church of Santa María de Jesús.
wood, Cordoba, church of El Espiritu Santo.
Also attributed to Juan de Mesa is another Saint Joseph and the
formal affinities with other sculptures executed in the early 1620s,
Christ Child in which the saint carries the child in his arms
such as the Cristo del Perdón (ca. 1619-1620) in the conventual
(destroyed), which was formerly in the church of San Vicente
church of Santa María de Jesús in Seville (fig. 64), and the Christ
Mártir in Guadalcanal (Seville).
the Nazarene (documented, 1621-1622) in the conventual church
of the Espíritu Santo in La Rambla (Cordoba), the titular figure
The present sculpture is a medium-sized work in comparison to
of the town’s penitential confraternity (fig. 65). These shared
the ones described above. It is for this reason that the anatomical
features are the small, slanting eyes, the shape of the forehead
details are slightly softer than those found in life-size examples,
with its pronounced sides which add volume, the short, undulating
such as the artist’s depictions of Christ the Nazarene or the
eyebrows, and the beard, which is more softly modelled than in
Crucified Christ. Nonetheless, the features of Joseph’s head reveal
other works by Mesa.


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