Gold and silver work
Silver cast, embossed, engraved and flesh coloured
61 x 24 x 21 cm
In the chronological period between 1600 and 1700 the art of gold and silverwork, immersed in the wave of expression, irrational, naturalistic, sumptuous and full of movement, typical of the artistic current called the Baroque, eventually materialised in quite generalized shapes, encouraged by the widespread dissemination of drawings and engravings that reveal the contact existing between silversmiths, sculptors and painters. The images of saints, done according to a sculptural model, are very abundant in the archive documentation of the 17th century and we find them mentioned in small parish churches and in the inventories of the most important cathedrals and monasteries. Saint Eulalia, the Virgin of the Rosary, the Immaculate Conception, Saint Isidro, Saint Stephen, Saint Julianus, Saint Quiteria, Saint Agnes and Saint Anthony are the most common names among the images conserved, and they all bear witness to the expressive and ornamental naturalism directly related to the devotional images of the different versions of the Virgin and the patron saints of the towns, villages, guilds and brotherhoods. According to the documentation of the period we know that the Barcelona silversmiths J. Perutxena, B. Fornaguera and F. Via were masters that made many images all over the Catalan cultural sphere of influence, almost always with models supplied by altarpiece sculptors.