HERRERA, Juan de
(b. 1530, Mobellán, d. 1597, Madrid)

Interior view

Basilica, Monasterio de San Lorenzo, El Escorial

The massive walls of the interior, relieved only by Doric pilasters with no concession to decorative richness, produced a monument that was austere beyond anything the Italian Renaissance ever envisaged. The capital, moulding and base type of Herrera's orders, derived from canonical modern examples, were uniform to the point of monotony.

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