Toledo Museum of Art Acquires Spanish Sculpture

. December 9, 2010 . 0 Comments

The Toledo Museum of Art has added a major sculpture, The Infant Christ by foremost Spanish 17th-century sculptor Juan Martínez Montañés (1568 1649), to its collection. “The acquisition marks the first Spanish sculpture and the first polychromed wood sculpture from that period to enter the TMA collection,” said Museum Director Brian Kennedy.

Montañés, who lived and worked in Seville his entire career, was esteemed in his day as “El Dios de la Madera,” the god of wood. He had an impressive talent for modeling human anatomy; the hallmark of his style is startling realism.

“The Infant Christ is a commanding example of Montañés’s artistry,” said Lawrence Nichols, William Hutton curator, European and American painting and sculpture before 1900. “The foremost reason the Toledo Museum of Art acquired this object is the inherent quality of the sculpture. Its carving is adept and subtle. The polychromy is skillfully carried out and convincingly harmonizes with the carving. The naturalism of the piece is palpable,” he said.

Image: Juan Martínez Montañés (Spanish, 1568–1649) The Infant Christ. Polychromed wood, 1600–1606.

The Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of it’s collection, innovative and extensive education programs, and an architecturally significant campus.

More than 30,000 works of art represent American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art.

The Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43620
Phone: (419) 255-8000
www.toledomuseum.org

Category: Fine Art

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