Southern-most region of mainland Portugal. Its name is derived from ‘the West’ in Arabic. This region has relatively few medieval buildings: devastating earthquakes in 1722 and 1755 contributed to these losses, though many buildings were deliberately destroyed during the Middle Ages. For example, in the 12th century the Almoravids likely razed a pilgrimage church, described in Arabic sources, at the tip of the cape of S Vicente. Mosques at Faro, Silves and Tavira, among others, appear to have been levelled to make room for church construction after the Reconquest of the region, completed in ...
Italian architect and theorist. He began his training in 1732 with the architect Martino Buoncore, whose style he later dismissed as ‘Gothic’. However, Buoncore had a good architectural library, in which Gioffredo studied the writings of Palladio, Vitruvius and Vincenzo Scamozzi. During the same period he studied with the painter ...
German, 16th century, male.
Sculptor (wood), engraver, draughtsman.
The most important work by this anonymous artist is the great altar of Brisach Cathedral (1526), one of the most interesting examples of Baroque art in southern Germany. Another, later work is the less well preserved altar in the church at Niederrothweil near Brisach. The sculptor is not afraid to tackle the most complex and detailed of forms, his figures, almost grotesque in their exaggeration, seeming to whirl and fly....
Spanish, 16th century, male.
Active in Granada.
Pablo de Rojas was the pupil of Rodrigo Moreno, and the master of JM Montanès. He was also the master of Gregorio Fernandez, and thus was well-placed to inspire the two most important Baroque schools in Spain. He produced several statues in Granada Cathedral, and was an early exponent of Spanish religious statuary - which was both realist and intensely spiritual, in accordance with the taste of Andalucians. His studio was taken over by Alonso de Mena....