Renaissance art

Spanish Renaissance art was inspired by the Italian models

Architecture

We can distinguish three periods in its evolution


-Plateresque style: it combined Gothic and Renaissance decorative elements. Gothic forms were kept in the inside of the building, but the outside incorporated decorative motifs like coats of arms, medallions and pinnacles. The name comes from "work of a silversmith" because of its extensive decorations.

-Purist style: adopted Rennaisance elements in the building structure and enlarged the decorative elements.

-Herreriano style: took its from the architect Juan de Herrera. It is characterised by simple structures, slate roofs and bare decorations

The University of Salamanca is an example of Plateresque style

Sculpture

Most Renaissance sculptures in Spain were made of wood and then painted, this is called polychrome sculpture which created very realistic images.Most of the themes were religious.

Paintings

The most important painter of the Rennaisance in Spain was el Greco. He came from Greece but he worked for the Spanish court; lately he was imitated in the modern painting styles. He had a very unique style because of the following reasons: he enlarged the people of his paintings, he iluminated with strong lights using particular colors like blues, greens, violets, oranges and greys, and his themes were usually religious.
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