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Façade of the Infantado Palace. Guadalajara, Spain
Architect: Juan Guas
Photographer: Juan Laurent
Building date: 1480-ca. 1500
Photograph date: ca. 1865-ca. 1890
Notes: “The Palacio del Infantado is a fine example of the Hispano-flemish (‘Isabelline’) style, showing a harmonious blend of Mudejar and Flamboyant Gothic forms. It belonged to the House of Mendoza, the most influential family in Castile at the time of Queen Isabella.... construction of the present building was begun in 1480. The facade and courtyard were finished in 1483 under the direction of Juan Guas...and the sculptor Egas did many other Christian and Moorish craftsmen. It was completed c. 1500. The plaster rendering of the facade has been lost, but the original decoration consisted of an incised lozenge pattern punctuated by projecting, faceted stones. This derived from Islamic architectural decoration. The main entrance of the facade, set off-centre, is flanked by large columns decorated with lozenges...The elaborate tracery of the tympanum is composed of ogees and ogees with broken profiles. Above the door two 'wild men' support the family coat of arms. The facade is crowned by a richly ornamented loggia with small curved balconies and ogee arcading. The broad stalactite cornice was inspired by a ceiling frieze in one of the rooms of the palace, a transposition into stone of a Mudejar timber ceiling.” (Source: Grove Dictionary of Art)
Credit Line: Gift of Andrew Dickson White