Sunday, November 10, 2013

Estilo Desornamentado

The estilo desornamentado, is a term used to describe a phase in Spanish architecture during the 16th and early 17th centuries. This style is called estilo desornamentado, or style without ornament because it is just that, a style without all the additional ornamentation. It was developed as a reaction to the Plateresque style which was considered to consist of excessive ornamentation.

The term was first coined in the 19th century, replacing previous terms describing the style which included; Herreran, Escurialense, and Tridentine.

The style began in the 1540's and was at its peak during Juan de Herrera's work(1563-84). One of the most influential buildings categorized as estilo desornamentado, is the Escorial.

It was the historical residence of the King in Spain and is located in the town of San Lorenzo which is about 28 miles Northwest of Madrid, Spain. It had many functions which included a monastery, royal palace, museum and school.


Grove Dictionary: estilo desornamentado

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