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Christ Child Triumphant

Workshop of Juan de Mesa y Velasco, Spanish, (1583–1627)

Creation date: ca. 1620
Creation place: Spain

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Type: Polychromed lead / tin alloy
Medium and Support: Polychromed lead / tin alloy
Credit Line: Museum Acquisitions Fund
Accession Number: 2014.134
Dimensions: 20 13/32 x 7 7/8 x 9 17/32 in. (51.8 x 20 x 24.2 cm)
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Juan de Mesa y Velasco and workshop (Spanish1583–1627)
Christ Child Triumphant, ca. 1625
Polychromed lead/tin alloy

Golden Age Spain (around 1600 and later) was known for its highly realistic sculpture, an innovation led by Juan Martínez Montañés, who taught several generations of sculptors, including Juan de Mesa and, later, Pedro de Mena (see the figure of San Diego nearby). After he left the master’s workshop in 1610, Mesa introduced more naturalistic details in his figures and their faces, and alloy casts were made by Mesa’s master lead caster, Diego de Oliva. This Christ Child is of the same type as two examples in the convent of the Descalzas Reales, the same monastery that housed the tapestry series designed by Rubens (see the painting nearby).
Such sculptures could be dressed for festivals and processions, and painted lead versions like this one were often exported to churches and convents in the Americas. --MAB 2015

Last Updated: 5/6/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of Devotion The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/28/2016 - 00/00/00

Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain The San Diego Museum of Art , 5/18/2019 - 9/2/2019

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