• BERRUGUETE, Alonso
        (c. 1488-1561)


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      • Alonso Berruguete was the greatest Spanish sculptor of the 16th century and also a painter, working mainly in Valladolid. He lived in Italy (c. 1504 1517) studying above all Michelangelo's work, the influence of which is reflected in Berruguete's Resurrection carved in relief in alabaster for Valencia cathedral. Other major works are the altars for the monastery of La Mejorada (1526), now in Valladolid Museum, and for the church of S. Benito (1527, also at Valladolid, and the 36 choir stalls in wood (1539 for Toledo cathedral. Berruguete was the 1st Spaniard to react strongly against the High Renaissance ideals of perfection of form. He was affected by Mannerism but used distortion or unbalanced composition to express the emotions of his mind or the agonies and ecstasies of the religious life.


      • Source: The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artists (World of Art)

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