Anderson, Janet A. Books1998 0-7734-8481-7
To Pedro de Mena, the revitalization of art forms in the Seventeenth Century Baroque style provided opportunity and stimulus to create an outstanding oeuvre of carved life-size sculptures in wood. Major cathedrals and museums throughout Spain house his effigies of royalty, saints and madonnas. They are highly realistic, profoundly Baroque, and vividly emotional. Retrieving much from limited resources in Spanish, this unique study retraces Mena's life and prolific production, complete with a catalogue raisonné and over a hundred rare photographs, many never previously published. At last, Mena's extraordinary contribution to sculpture is made available in this scholarly text. Illustrations, bibliography, documents, and index.