Fray Junipero Serra Ferrer
Bronze. Important modern brutalist-style sculpture. A standing, full-length, larger-than-life depiction of Fray Junipero Serra Ferrer in his hooded Franciscan cassock with bare feet and arms outstretched in an embracing gesture. [36″ W x 30″ D x 73″ H]. Boldly signed on base ‘Serrano’ (lower right).
Condition: Index finger on figure’s proper right hand detached but present.
Provenance: Studio of the Artist | Spanish International Pavilion of the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65. | Private Collection, St. Louis | Hilton Hotel Group | Private Collection, Texas.
Private sale, price upon request. Provenance documentation on file.
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Pablo Serrano was a force in the Spanish avant-garde world. His works are part of the collections of museums worldwide, including: The Guggenheim, MoMA (New York), The Pompidou Center (Paris), and The Hermitage (St. Petersburg). Wikipedia: Pablo Serrano.
During the 18th century Franciscan friar Junipero Serra Ferrer established a chain of missions from the Baja peninsula northward through what is now California, extending the Spanish colonies into North America. He was instrumental in helping to push Spanish influence northward from Mexico to counter the southward push by Russians from Alaska. He was beatified September 15, 1988 by Pope John Paul II, and canonized by Pope Francis on September 23rd, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Release: September 23rd, 2015
Roland NY is offering a timely and important sculpture of Father Junipero Serra. On the occasion of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States of America and his Canonization of Father Junipero Serra September 23, 2015 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington DC, we are proud to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity. As his holiness celebrated Mass he will elevated the 18th Century Franciscan theologian to Sainthood with a declaration that Father Serra “…be venerated as such by the whole church”.