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Monday, March 26, 2007

The Monastery of Miraflores, Burgos

Isabel the Catholic commissioned from Gil de Siloe, (d. ca. 1501, Burgos) a native of northern Europe, the great altarpiece in the Carthusian monastery at Miraflores (Cartuja de Miraflores).

The polychromy and some figures are the work of Diego de la Cruz, part of the gold brought back by Columbus in his second voyage to America.

The altarpiece, a symbol of the Eucharist, is constructed round a great centrally-placed circle, radiating like a rose window in a Gothic cathedral.


SILOE, Gil de (d. ca. 1501, Burgos)
Main Altar 1496-99
Wood
Monastery of Miraflores, Burgos



SILOE, Gil de (d. ca. 1501, Burgos) Main Altar 1496-99[detail] - The Last Supper
Monastery of Miraflores, Burgos


SILOE, Gil de (d. ca. 1501, Burgos) Main Altar 1496-99[detail] - St Catherine
Monastery of Miraflores, Burgos