Encarnación (sculpting)

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A sculpting technique employed by the Spanish artist Juan Martínez Montañés in the 17th-century (Baroque Period). It is used to create lifelike sculptures, hence the name (which translates to English as 'incarnation' or 'bringing to life'[1]), which after carving and drying for 6 months are painted, varnished and sanded. These steps are repeated several times until a lifelike glow is achieved.


  1. ^ The Making of a Spanish Polychrome Sculpture (exhibition), The National Gallery (London). Retrieved 2012-04-13.