Spanish Ironwork

Spanish Ironwork

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Spanish Ironwork

Spanish Ironwork

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Spain is rich in decorative ironwork which, like the architecture it embellishes, is comparatively unknown. Of the two arts it is Spanish ironwork that owes least to foreign influence, for those who practised it were, in contrast to the many foreign architects employed, almost invariably native born. Little is known of individual workers of the Gothic age; from the Renaissance period, however, a few names have come down to us but without those intimate details which make the craftsman a living and present reality to the modern who admires his work. To appreciate the productions of these unrecorded artists one must know something of metalwork in general as practised in the East, since to iron the Spanish Moors imparted, along with their basic principles of design, their delicate methods of working gold and silver; one must be familiar also with French ironwork during the Romanesque and early Gothic periods, for that, too, influenced the Spanish smith; and lastly, one must understand Renaissance architecture as evolved in Italy because that style, when it came to Spain, so stimulated the ironworker that he attained an amazing grandeur and architectonic quality in his . . .

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