SILOE, Diego de
(c. 1495-1563)

Biography

Diego de Siloe, Spanish architect and sculptor, was one of the leading figures in the transition from Gothic to Renaissance in Spanish art. He was the son and pupil of Gil de Siloe, a sculptor of uncertain origin (both Orleans and Antwerp are suggested as his native cilty). Diego formed his style in Italy where he collaborated with Bartolomé Ordoñez. By 1519 he returned to Burgos where he carried out several important commissions in the cathedral. It was as an architect rather than as a sculptor that he emerged as one of the great figures of Spanish arts. His masterpiece is Granada Cathedral, where he took over as architect in 1528.