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plateresque

[plat-uh-resk]
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adjective (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. noting or pertaining to a 16th-century style of Spanish architecture characterized by profuse applications of delicate low-relief Renaissance ornament to isolated parts of building exteriors.
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Origin of plateresque

1835–45; < Spanish plateresco, equivalent to plater(o) silversmith (plat(a) silver; see platina + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary) + -esco -esque; so called because the heavy ornamentation of the style suggested decorated silverwork
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Historical Examples

  • Bartolom Lpez added the plateresque ornamentations about 1522.

    The Story of Seville

    Walter M. Gallichan

  • The two pulpits are covered with interesting iron bas-reliefs, and the High Altar encased in a mass of plateresque silver work.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain

    William Wiehe Collins

  • Late Gothic predominates amidst a deal of Plateresque and Barroque ornament.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain

    William Wiehe Collins

  • It would be difficult to find a faade of greater beauty than this marvel of plateresque work.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain

    William Wiehe Collins

  • It is the first sample of plateresque architecture then introduced into Spain by Covarrubias.