ORDÓÑEZ, Bartolomé
(b. ca. 1490, Burgos, d. 1520, Carrara)

Tomb of Don Felipe and Doña Juana

c. 1519
Capilla Real, Cathedral, Granada

Ordónez worked first in Italy. In 1515 he was in Barcelona working on the choir of the cathedral. His well-composed reliefs and splendid marble panels, so severely monumental and harmonious, suggest the influence of Michelangelo. In about 1519 he must have executed the admirable tomb of Don Felipe and Doña Juana (Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad) in the Royal Chapel of Granada. A year later he died in Carrara, leaving behind him numerous admirers and imitators of his pure and noble style.