Happy Birthday Juan Martinez Montanes!! The Spanish sculptor was born in1568 and early on studied sculpture with Pablo de Rojas. He lived and worked in Seville. His style was Baroque, but is said to be more dignified and less emotional when compared to other Baroque artists. His sculpture is primarily polychrome, gilded wood, religious figures and crucifixes. He is known as el Dios de la Madera (the God of wood). I chose one of my favorites, a crucifix called The Merciful Christ from a Cathedral in Seville.