Pedro Duque Cornejo, Spanish Sculptor, 1678-1757
|a. Introduction and general description|
It is generally agreed that Duque Cornejo played a major role in the interior decoration of the Jesuit novitiate church of San Luis in Seville about 1730, although none of the documentation for this work has survived. The high altar is dedicated to St. Louis of France, while the other altars are dedicated to Jesuit saints. Those of the lateral arms of the Greek cross plan of the church are dedicated to St. Francis Borgia on the Gospel side and St. Stanislaus Kostka on the Epistle side; smaller chapels enshrine images of Sts. Ignatius, Francis Xavier, Aloysius Gonzaga, and John Francis Regis. The retable of the altar of the Chapel of Novices or Interior Chapel, in another part of the building, features images of St. Stanislaus Kostka and St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Presumably the importance given to these saints in both the main church and the Chapel of Novices was due to their recent canonizations (Kostka in 1725 and Gonzaga in 1726) and also to their special appropriateness for a novitiate church because of their deaths at an early age (Kostka died at eighteen in 1568 and Gonzaga at twenty-three in 1591).