Spanish Architecture of the Sixteenth Century; General View of the Plateresque and Herrera Styles

Spanish Architecture of the Sixteenth Century; General View of the Plateresque and Herrera Styles

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...to express what is behind his exterior has resulted in a most agreeable asymmetric treatment. As has been remarked, the Spanish conception of a facade was a formidable wall that concealed rather than revealed the arrangement behind; San Marcos is therefore a departure. The east end with its deeply recessed entrance expresses the church, and is as much Gothic as Renaissance; the remainder, or monastery proper, is entirely in the new style. Horizontally the front is divided into equal stories, the lower treated with pilasters, the upper with engaged colonnettes. Particularly effective is the row of medallion busts of the lower story (Plate XXXVII). The golden limestone of the region is the material used here, but so unrestrainedly plastic is the character of the ornamentation that it gives one the impression of terra cotta. As many of the little caprices in the detail recur in the Carrion example it is reasonably certain that the architect himself must have been the dominant sculptor. For Spanish work it is unusually low in relief and therefore less realistic. The lower story, particularly the fine medallions, has been much maltreated, but now that the edifice has been declared a national monument depredations have ceased. Of the interior, only the church and cloister are interesting and these are more Gothic than Renaissance. The latter is in the style of the San Zoil cloister but inferior to it in detail, which comment also applies to the same architect's work in the cathedral cloisters. An entirely different conception of Renaissance is seen in the vast palace of the illustrious Guzman family--a perfunctory product relieved by picturesque gargoyles and corner windows. The most interest Fig. 65--Pier in the Church of the Convento de la Piedad, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123660024X
  • 9781236600240