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San Juan Evangelista, 18th Century, Spanish Colonial

San Juan Evangelista, 18th Century, Spanish Colonial
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This is a late 18th C. or early 19th C. Spanish Colonial large sculpture of Saint John the Apostle/Evangelist (San Juan Evangelista, John of Patmas, also called the Beloved Disciple). He is in a kneeling position reminiscent of the time he stood faithfully with the Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross and when Jesus made him the Guardian of His Mother. There is a peg hole below the base for attachment to a base. It is most probably a part of the tableau of the Crucifixion and for its size must have adorned a California Church or a Mission. Spanish friars have long been carving these marvelous sculptures during the Colonial times and may have carved them locally. They were made to last for hundreds of years as in this case, the gesso applied is so thick that it resisted cracking, peeling or chipping. There is minimal paint loss. The polychrome painting is in the “Estofado” style and has retained the original colors. Please note the last picture is from the book "Imagineria Virreinal" identifying Spanish Colonial artifacts. See the importance of this piece compared to this picture taken from page 67.
 
SPECIFICATIONS: · Dimensions: Stands 17.0"H x 8.5"W x 9.0"D. Medium: Wood, Gesso, Gold leaf and Polychrome paint. Weight: 6.0lbs.
 


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