José Benito Churriguera

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José Benito Churriguera (Madrid, 1665 - Madrid, 1725) was a Spanish architect and sculptor. His style of sumptuous and extravagant baroque ornamentation is called Churrigueresque. The facade of the Cathedral of Murcia illustrates the full expression of this style. He had throughout the late 17th and 18th centuries, an important influence on the colonial works in the United States and Mexico.

It is among the most notable characteristics of the work of the three architect brothers of the Churriguera family. Followers of this school continued to imitate José Benito Churriguera’s graceful salomónicas, especially those behind the altar of the church of San Esteban in Salamanca, Spain, well into the 18th century.


Main Altar San Esteban, Salamanca, 1692.

Altar in the church of Saint Stephen in Salamanca, Spain; the style of this main altar led to the adjective "churrigueresque".

See also

Cathedral of Murcia.


External links

Altar de los Reyes, Cathedral of Mexico.
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