Diego Siloe

By Shayna Salis


Diego was born in 1495 in Burgos, Spain. He spent most of his life in Spain, but spent some time in Italy. Diego also moved to Granada in 1528. Diego trained in sculpture with his father, was an assistant sculpture to Bartolome Ordonez, collaborated with Ordonez on the chapel in Naples, and worked in Burgos from 1519- 1528. Diego's style is a mixture of the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, and Mudejar Spanish Muslim) and is properly called Plateresque. Influenced by Michelangelo and Donatello, he was able to animate his figures and create compositions. Diego's patrons were unknown.

Diego created works of architecture.

Piece of art that is interesting to me

The Colegio Fonseca, Salamanca (courtyard) was created from 1529-1534. Today You can see this kind of art in big public buildings, Colleges, or even Bedford High School! This art is interesting because originally it was an educational institution of charitable status of scholarships for people that were in college without chances, but soon lost this character to become a high ecclesiastical office. There were no new techniques involved.


The two isms that closely relate to Diego are perspectivism and secularism. Perspectivism relates to his art because his achievements are based on a lot of art that is three dimensional art as well as depth. His art is very detailed art with vanishing points.
Secularism relates to Diego's art work because it also focuses on political power. He was involved in creating what turned out to be a religious school and courtyard. His art focuses on important events and prominent public figures as well as wealth.

Piece described in my own words / Ism

The Colegio Fonseca, Salamanca was a college that provided education for people without a chance. The school now is heavily focused on religion and does not offer scholarships for people who are not intellectually desirable. Secularism relates to this art because the Colegio Fonseca, Salamanca was created in the future to appeal to religion. Also, the architecture represents wealth and power.

Why I find this architecture interesting

I find this interesting because there are so many details in this building and the arches remind me of the Ancient Greek architecture. You can see a picture of this piece from this link. http://www.spainisculture.com/export/sites/cultura/multimedia/galerias/monumentos/colegio_fonseca_salamanca_t3700078.jpg_1306973099.jpg


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7. Siloe, Diego Escalera Dorado 1519- 1522 architecture Salamanca, Spain

8. Siloe, Diego Cathedral Granada 1528- 1563 architecture Granada, Spain