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Escorial: Interior, nave of the Basilica of San Lorenzo el Real, looking towards altar

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posted on 2017-07-05, 00:00 authored by G. Massiot & cie
Behind the altar is a three-tiered reredos, made of red granite and jasper, nearly twenty-eight metres tall, adorned with gilded bronze statuary by Leone Leoni, and three sets of religious paintings commissioned by Philip II. To either side are gilded life-size bronzes of the kneeling family groups of Charles and Philip, also by Leoni with help from his son Pompeo. In a shallow niche at the center of the lowest level is a tabernacle designed by Juan de Herrera in jasper and bronze.\u000a\u000aA complex which contains a monastery, palace, school, mausoleum and museum; Philip II built the monastery 1563-1584 as a memorial to victory over French in 1557. It became his main residence and was later was the dynastic center of the Spanish Hapsburgs. The monastery was originally a property of the Hieronymite monks, it is now a monastery of the Order of Saint Augustine. The church of the monastery is the Basilica of San Lorenzo el Real.

History

Alt Title

El Real Monasterio de El Escorial

Date Created

1910-01-01

Date Modified

2017-07-05

Spatial Coverage

San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain: ca. 45 km northwest of Madrid|+40.58175-4.126417|San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Temporal Coverage

before or circa 1910

Cultural Context

Renaissance

Rights Statement

To view the physical lantern slide, please contact the Architecture Library.

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