Language variant : Museo Nacional de Escultura
Architect : n/a
Locality : Valladolid
Country : Spain
Building style : Gothic
Certainly the facade of San Gregorio at Valladolid, whether Juan Güas own work or not, is one of the ugliest and yet one of the original creations of the Isabelline epoch. Instead of columns we find pollarded trunks bound with ribbons. The jamb figures represent mace-bearers or wild men. Over the portal rises a huge shield with the Royal arms, its supporters standing in the branches of a tree, which grows in a fountain, with naked children playing round it. This strange composition is guarded by wild men and the cresting is formed of broke twigs.
The courtyard is more satisfactory thought the decoration is almost as prolific. Whatever his nationality, Güas was deeply affected by Mudejar taste. In his dislike for plain surfaces, the salient characteristic of Isabelline, he is more inherently Spanish than the Spaniards themselves.
(The decoration, known as Gothic Plateresque, is often termed Isabelline, because it was almost confined to the reign of Isabella.)
Bevan, Bernard: History of Spanish architecture. B. T. Batsford, London 1938, p. 136.
Ed. Heikki Nikkinen