GUAS, Juan
(b. ca. 1430, Saint-Pol-de-Léon, d. 1496, Toledo)

Interior view

after 1500
San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo

In 1476, Queen Isabella founded the Franciscan monastery of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo. The architecture of the noble, aiseless church with lateral chapels was deliberately toned down by the architect Juan Guas in order to bring out the fine detail of the decoration and the perfection of masonry.

The adjacent two-story cloister, with its filigree tracery, finely worked molding, and decoration which combines plant forms and words, belongs among the masterpieces of Isabelline art.

The picture shows the cloister, completed after 1500.