SILOE, Diego de
(c. 1495-1563)

Virgin and Child

c. 1524
Marble
Cathedral, Burgos

The picture shows a detail of the tomb of Canon Diego de Santander.

Diego de Siloe was directly influenced by the Italian style. He travelled through Italy in his youth, was employed in Rome, where he saw the sculptures of Michelangelo, and also in Naples, where he worked with his fellow-countryman, Ordóñez. However, on his return to Spain his style became more Spanish. The relief of the seated Virgin clearly shows the influence of Michelangelo. Diego de Siloe, besides being an architect, was also the best decorator and ornamentist of the early 16th century, as evinced by the finely carved monsters, trophies, and volutes lavished tastefully around the ample architectural framework of this relief, or on the tomb as a whole.