ALEJO DE VAHÍA

Saint Andrew

Gilded and polychromed wood sculpture

79 x 23 x 23 cm

Castilla, end of the 15th century

London, UK

Saint Andrew was probably the first apostle of Jesus. According to the New Testament, he was Saint Peter’s brother. Both were from Bethsaida, a town by the see of Galilee, where they fished. It was there where they became disciples together.

Alejo de Vahía was a Spanish sculptor of probable Nordic origin. Established in Becerril de Campos, he spread his work from there, during the Hispano-Flemish period, through the area of Palencia and Valladolid. In addition to his stone carvings, his production is basically formed by devotional imagery.

The available data, both documentary and stylistic, provide a scheme that situates the period of activity of this artist or his studio, approximately between 1475 and 1515, pointing to a very slight evolution in the devlopment of their forms, even within the immutability of their characteristics, from flat, linear and cutting plastic schemes to others a little more rounded and natural.

The Nordic origin of his style is evident, as many of the conventions used by the artist are repeated in the areas of Limburg, Lower Rhine and Westphalia.