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"Sebastian I", Stadtmuseum Siegburg, 2003
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"Sebastian I" Sculpture

Miguel Ángel Martín Sánchez

Spain

Sculpture, Bronze on Bronze

Size: 8.9 W x 29 H x 9.1 D in

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The original in polychrome terracotta (1998) remains in the extinct Conca Gallery, La Laguna. The figure is inspired by the iconography of Saint Sebastian. Based on his leg-end, Louis Réau has indicated that he was a centurion in the time of Emperor Diocletian. That he was denounced for exhorting his young friends to remain firm in the faith. For this reason, Diocletian ordered him to be tied to a post in the center of the Field of Mars and served as a live target for the archers who shot him "to the point of resembling a hedgehog (ut quasi hericlus videretur)". But in our case the idea of a broken man is pursued; the surfaces appear broken and the penis emptied; the arms are fragmented by the cut of two planes, straight parallel to each other, which close the composition in the form of a straight prism; the head is also fragmented, by the forehead, with a straight horizontal plane. Thus, the organic form is combined with the geometric one. On the back there are parts of the palms of the hands and some fingertips. This bronze was exhibited for the first time in the solo exhibition KIRIE ELEISON at the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the spring of 2002 (see catalogue with the same title) and the following year, in the anthological TIMETE DEVM at Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik in Berlin (see catalogue with the same title).

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Sculpture:Bronze on Bronze

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:8.9 W x 29 H x 9.1 D in

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Contemporary Spanish sculptor, born on the Canarian Island La Palma (1959). As a sculptor he focuses on a critical review of Spanish sacred art. After exhibiting in Canarian institutions such as Círculo de Bellas Artes ("O vos omnes qvi transitis per viam", 1989), CajaCanarias ("Divino Maniquí", 1991), Municipal Museum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife ("Kyrie Eleison") and CICCA de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ("El fracaso de Adán” [The Failure of Adam], 2002), his interest in locating his sculptures in places that might suggest an enriching dialogue from the iconographic point of view leads him to exhibit them in places as diverse as the Collection Museum of reproductions of ancient art at the Free University of Berlin, where his exhibition "Timete Deum" confronts the Greek models of Christian iconography; at the Siegburg Municipal Museum, specializing in medieval sacred art, his exhibition "Kyrie Eleison" (2003) is exhibited at the foot of Mount St. Michael, and at the Lübeck Cathedral, a former Catholic cathedral, now Protestant, the exhibition "Skulpturen im Dom”, composed of sculptures of counter-reformist roots, acquires special significance. Finally there is “EENS” (2005) in the Casa de las Conchas in Salamanca (in front of the Clergy), which is part of the commemoration of the bicentennial of its Plaza Mayor. He is interested in the iconography of Christian art, its roots in the East and the West, its sociocultural influence, as well as its political instrumentalization in the conquest and colonization of the Canary Islands. He dedicated his thesis, articles and his doctoral thesis to this. He studied outstanding images of the island of La Palma, from which he is a native, which later led him to study foreign sculptors such as Lorenzo Mercadante from Brittany, with a work attributed to La Palma. He has published two books: "Miguel, el Arcángel de Dios en Canarias: Aspectos socio-culturales y artísticos" [Miguel, the Archangel of God in the Canary Islands: Socio-cultural and artistic aspects]. Foreword by Víctor Nieto Alcaide. Ed. Aula de Cultura del Excmo. Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Scientific Publications, in the colección Arte e Historia [Art and History collection], nº 19, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1991. "El imaginero Lorenzo Mercadante. Estudio de la obra y claves de su huella en la Virgen de las Nieves de la isla canaria de La Palma" [Imagineer Lorenzo Mercadante.

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