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Bronze reproduction of the original in terracotta.
Bronze reproduction of the original in terracotta.



Miguel Ángel Martín Sánchez


Sculpture, Ceramic on Ceramic

Size: 11.2 W x 29.1 H x 12.6 D in

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There are two bronze reproductions of this original in polychrome terracotta (series of 7) in two private collections in Tenerife. The figure is inspired by the Christian iconography of the Archangel Michael. The literary source rests in the Apocalypse of John, 12, 7: "There was a battle in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought, [...]". From an iconographic point of view, the rapturous triumphalism that our work presents derives from a model of “San Miguel defeating the devil”, created by Luisa Roldán (“La Roldana”) in 1692 for the Basílica del Escorial. But our sculpture participates in some of the conquests of 20th century sculpture, such as the attraction for the aesthetics of the fragment and the unfinished. Thus, the figure seems to want to get out of a straight prism; with the section of a straight plane to his right, the right arm, part of the skirt and the diabolical shape at his feet that the viewer completes mentally are cancelled; It doesn't have wings either. It is polychrome with the egg tempera technique and the parts of the armor have gold leaf. This piece was exhibited, for the first time, in the exhibition entitled "The failure of Adam" at the CICCA [Cultural Center of the Caja de Canarias], Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, March-April, 2002 (cf. catalogue with the same title).

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Sculpture:Ceramic on Ceramic

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:11.2 W x 29.1 H x 12.6 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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