Architecture, Spanish Renaissance, Plate 43, Siguenza, Cathedral, Stone Doorway to Sacristy in North Transept,
Architecture, Spanish Renaissance, Siguenza Cathedral,Stone Door to Sacristy in North Transept, Plate 43
Renaissance Architecture and Adornment in Spain
Between the years 1492 and 1558
Artist: Prentice Andrew, Architect, measured and drawn by
Publisher: Batsford, BT
Paper Size: 345 x 470mm
Print Size: 280 x400mm
Condition: Very good. Normal paper aging qualities
Technique: Original lithography
The interior of this Cathedral possesses a wealth of Renaissance detail. Here also are many fine wrought-iron screens, although the examples are scarcely so fine as in the Cuenca chapels. On the other hand, the monuments, cloisters founded by Cardinal Carvajal in 1507, are built of a fine cream-coloured stone and bear the arms of Don Fadrique of Portugal, who was bishop of Siguenza in 1530. Their appearance is greatly enriched by the ornament and moulding being gilded. The iron screens, standing out against the dark recess of the doorway, greatly enhance the effect.
The Cathedral Tomb of Santa Labrada
Santa Labrada whose tomb is illustrated on this plate was the patroness of Siguenza. The tomb is of marble and was constructed at the command of Don Fadrique or Don Federico of Portugal, who was Bishop of Siguenza in the year 1536, and afterward Archbishop of Zaragoza, an who lies interred at the side of this chapel. The relics of Santa Labrada are preserved in a silver urn, inside the marble sarcophagus depicted in this sketch. The sculpture in the tympanum represents the saint ascending to heaven. The whole of this ornate tomb is picked out with gilding and soft colour, and the effect is very pleasing, notwithstanding the over-elaboration. On this plate is also shown an enlarged detail of the wrought iron screen, surrounding the base of the tomb.
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