MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, Spanish
(active 1290s in Toro)
Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor, Toro
At the collegiate church of Santa María la Mayor at Toro, begun in 1160, the west portal was executed in the late 13th century. The jamb, which consists of two zones, is a combination of Romanesque columned portal, and the modern concept of portal, inspired by Burgos and León, with free-standing figures placed between slender columns beneath a series of baldachins.
The west portal of Toro conforms to the northern French arrangement with rows of 'column-figures' on each side, still with many traces of original colour.