Diego de Siloé (Dictionary of World Biography: Renaissance)
Article abstract: Siloé ranks as one of Spain’s greatest architects for his exquisite translations and combinations of Roman, Moorish, and High Renaissance Italian style into a Spanish idiom, most evident, despite his many other works, in the great Cathedral of Granada.
While the artistic and intellectual achievements of fifteenth and sixteenth century Renaissance figures are often well documented, this is rarely true of their early lives. Of Diego de Siloé, it is known that about 1495 he was born in Old Castile in or near Burgos, Spain. Founded in the eighth century, Burgos had served as an important commercial center, as the seat of the monarch for many years, and more important for Siloé, as a town famed for its architects and architecture, all markedly influenced by northern Gothic styles and very little by those of Mediterranean origins.
Burgos was also the home of the wealthy and cultivated Bartholome Ordóñez, who, breaking with local tradition, between 1490 and 1500 studied with the great Florentine and Neapolitan sculptors and artists, absorbing the best of his Italian masters and becoming familiar with Michelangelo’s work.
In Naples, Ordóñez befriended Diego, the son of Gil de Siloé. Apparently a migrant from Orléans, France, to Burgos, Gil had earned esteem in his adopted town as a specialist in late Gothic carving. Diego and Ordóñez collaborated to perfect...
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