Saint John the Evangelist

18th Century

Museo Arocena

Museo Arocena
Torreón, Mexico

The sculptures of Our Lady of Sorrows and San Juan were the result of the joint work of several specialists: on one hand, there were wood carvers, who made the bodies on which chased silver sheets were placed, imitating sumptuous polychrome made by silversmiths and, lastly, the faces and limbs were done by ivory sculptors. What is important in this work from Guatemala is the richness of the silverwork and the expressive hands and faces. The origin of the crucified Christ shows a marked Spanish-Philippine influence, although in the same manner, it could have also formed part of a similar Guatemalan sculptural group.


  • Title: Saint John the Evangelist
  • Date Created: 18th Century
  • Location Created: Guatemala
  • Physical Dimensions: 63 x 26 x 20 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Fundación E. Arocena / Museo Arocena
  • Medium: Carved and polychromed ivory. Silver chiseled foil

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