Found project: Convent of St. Marc


    Project : Convent of St. Marc

    Language variant : Hostal de San Marcos

    Architect : Badajoz el Mozo & Orozco & Villarreal

    Completion: 16th c.

    Locality : León

    Country : Spain

    Building style : Plateresque

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    Description :

    The epitome of Renaissance Plateresque is the facade of the Convent of San Marcos on the outskirts of Leon. Like the Seville Ayuntamiento it displays all the points, both good and bad, of this thoroughly Spanish style: sculpture in low relief, Italian ornament applied with very little sense of proportion, but the whole characterized by at least a fertile imagination.

    The facade is divided by means of columns and pilasters with Lombard masks and candelabra, into panels, some fraing the windows, others intended to contain statues. At the base are medallion busts of heroes, emperors, and kings, including Trajan, Augustus, Queen Isabella, and Charles V. An ugly portal and gable were added in the 18th century.

    The name of the original architect is uncertain. Juan de Orozco built the adjacent late Gothic church, and was succeeded in 1539 by one Martin de Villereal, for Juan de Badajoz, to whom the convent facade is usually attributed, appeared only in 1549. He then erected the two sacristies and cloister, the former in a simple not unpleasing mixture of Gothic with renaissance.

    Bevan, Bernard: History of Spanish architecture. B. T. Batsford, London 1938, p. 144.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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