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[plat-uh-resk] /ˌplæt əˈrɛsk/
adjective, (sometimes initial capital letter)
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.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

  • The great west faade is highly enriched with plateresque ornament.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain William Wiehe Collins
  • First we pass the beautiful plateresque gateway of the Hospital del Rey.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • This organ, its loft, and the pulpit against it are all very elaborate examples of plateresque Renaissance work.

  • That to the right has a fine artesonado ceiling, and that to the left is decorated in a species of Moorish plateresque style.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • The clasps are also plateresque, and prove, together with the border, that the triptych was restored about this time.

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