By Flavio Conti
Within the background of structure, a few names shine extra brightly than others; yet structure is a democratic artwork honoring person expertise over ancestral titles and inherited reputations. hence, during this quantity the obstinate son of a Swiss watchcase-engraver stands along an omnipotent Hapsburg monarch. right here, too, are either the strong-willed offspring of a midwestern preacher and that "Most Christian King" of France who, having misplaced all yet his honor, tried to regain a few of his status via construction what he meant to be the main fantastic of palaces. He was once neither the 1st nor the final to use such an enlightened therapy to his difficulties.
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The interior of the church in an eighteenth-century engraving by Alegre. It is Holy and hundreds of candles have been lighted before the main altar. Week, Right. Pellegrino Tibaldi. tects to one Herrera, perhaps the best tects oj the /irsi archi- work on the monastery. Center, Juan de of the Escorial. Far known of the right, ther Jose de Siguenza, poet and historian, whom Philip II considered to he "one the Escorial. archi- a portrait of Faof the wonders of Escorial • 55 56 • Individual Creations A main corridor in the of the Escorial, depicted in an eighcloister The building holds a 1598, in these austere II, which collection of the medieval notions of royal way bons, remained the it Under the Bour- royal resi- official dence, but the rulers abandoned books.
His French and Flemish ists-including Martin Dubois, Freminet. Antoine Toussaint Dubreuil-are the al- the Great also designed the Carp Pool and modified broise Caron, art- Amand now known as Second School of Fontainebleau. The palace tered at the time of Henry IV cen- around the Cour Ovale and the large, rectangular Henry also to antlers, the trophies walls. its own enemies had been disappear suddenly without a declared that the business struck bad as being "in very was soon arranged that taste," Queen and it Christina leave France.
Yet, from the inside it seems to be a Greek cross, with all four arms stretching an equal distance from the dome. In front of the church, immediately inside the central gate of the Escorial, large courtyard called the is a Patio de los Reyes ("Court of the Kings"). This court- At the heart of the immense palace, the Church of form of a cross customary Spanish fashion, the choir on a raised platform the complex of church and royal palace in The The attributed with enormous frescoed barrel vaults.
The Grand Tour: Individual Creations by Flavio Conti