Location: UCF Art Gallery
UCF Art Gallery is pleased to host Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Ilenia Colón Mendoza for a BOOK TALK discussing her recent publication:
The Cristos Yacentes of Gregorio Fernandez: Polychrome Sculptures of Supine Christ in Seventeenth-Century Spain (Visual Culture in Early Modernity series of Ashgate)
Analyzing seventeenth-century images of the dead Christ produced by Gregorio Fernandez, author Ilenia Colon Mendoza investigates how and why the artist and his patrons manipulated these images in connection with the religious literature of the time to produce striking images that moved the faithful to devotion. In so doing, she contributes new findings to the topic of Spanish sacred sculpture. The author re-examines these sculptures not only in the context of a larger sculptural group but also as independent sculptures that were intended as powerful aids to contemplation and devotion as was prescribed by the writings of San Juan de la Cruz and Luis de Granada. Combining study of the sculptural works with that of liturgical sources, she reveals the connection between the written word and the sculpted work of art. Through this interdisciplinary approach, the author links Fernandez’s sculptural program with the strategic objectives of major patrons of the period, such as the Duke of Lerma and King Philip III of Spain, both fervent defenders of the Catholic faith.