Alonso de Mena
October 20, 2021
Alonso de Mena i Escalante (Granada (Andalusia), 1587 - Granada, 1646) was a Spanish Baroque sculptor. Continuing the style of Pablo de Rojas (1580-1607), his son Pedro de Mena, his disciple and continuator of his father's workshop, came to have as much or more name than his parent. His first images showed a certain rigidity, like a Saint Lucia in the cathedral of Granada. In the church of Sant Cecili in the same city you can see the Virgin of Bethlehem dated 1615, which Mena commissioned from the corregidor of Granada, García Bravo de Acuña, who was so pleased with the work who paid 50 ducats more than stipulated. His most famous images are the Immaculate Conception and the altarpieces-reliquaries of the Cathedral of Jaén and those of the Royal Chapel of Granada. Of its final time they are the Expiring Christ for the church of Santa Anna of Granada, the Crucified one for the chapel of the Fallen ones of the Cathedral of Malaga and the Christ of the Abandonment for the church of San jOse of Madrid.