SILOE, de, Spanish family of sculptors/architects
Gil de Siloé is of uncertain origin (contemporary references suggest both Orléans and Antwerp as his native city). He settled in Burgos and is regarded as the outstanding Spanish sculptor of the 15th century and the country's last great representative of the Gothic tradition. His son, Diego de Siloé, began his career as an associate of Bartolomé Ordónez and probably worked with him in Italy. By 1519 he had returned to Burgos, where he remained until 1528. It was as an architect rather than as a sculptor that Diego emerged as one of the great figures of Spanish art. His masterpiece is Granada Cathedral, where he took over as architect in 1528.