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family of artists


German, 16th century, male.

Active in Spain.

Born to a family originally from Harff, near Cologne.


While the work of the father, Enrique, is still Gothic in style, that of his son Antonio (born c. 1510 and died probably in Madrid in 1575) is Plateresque, a style mingling Italian Renaissance elements with surviving Moorish and Late Gothic design, as can be seen particularly in the large silver tabernacles he made for the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The grandson (born 1535 and died 1603 in Madrid) made pyxes for the cathedrals of Avilla and Seville. These three members of the Arfe family were renowned for these pyxes or monstrances, which took the form of miniature basilicas made of precious metals. They were designed to contain the Holy Sacrament and exhibit it in processions....

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