Diego Siloe

Cameron McCarthy


Diego Siloe was born in 1495 in Burgos Spain. He spent most of his life in two places. First he lived in Burgos, Spain from 1495-1528, then he lived in Granada from 1528-1563.

He trained with his father who was a late gothics author. As a youth he was an assistant in Italy to sculpt Bartolome Ordonez, and in 1519 he was an occiate of the french sculpter Felipe Bigarny.

He has an aesthetic attitude prevalent in Spain at the time and was able to change his approach with each project. He has no clear principles, he has a lot of interest in details.

Siloe was a sculpture and architect. The Golden Stair was created in a 13th century cathedral in 1528. Another patron was Alonso de Fonseca, Emperors secretary Francisco de los Cobos.

the work

Escalera Dorada, The Golden Stair it was created in 1519-1523

Today you could see this staircase in the cathedral de Burgos in Burgos, Spain

This piece is so significant because it is the first staircase that starts as on splits then joins back to one again. I find this piece so interesting because it was the first staircase to be like this. His work exemplifies individualism because his work was very unique, also skepticism because he finished a lot of projects and was very original.