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Juan Gómez de Mora

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Speciality

Architecture

 

 

Date of birth

1586

Date of death

1648
  


"Architect. He is one of the main figures in Spanish early Baroque."

He was born in Madrid in 1586, and was the son of Philip II's court painter, Juan Gómez. When his father died, Gómez de Mora entered the court thanks to his uncle Francisco de Mora, master builder of the royal construction works and master builder of the city's construction works. In 1610 he took over the works on the Alcázar palace in Madrid, started by his uncle, and soon after he became Philip II's architect. His work was greatly influenced by the Herrerian style, and was characterised by its sobriety: An example is Madrid's Town Hall, with sober façades and towers with spires on the corners. When Philip IV ascended to the throne he lost influence because of his enmity with the Count Duke of Olivares. He was exiled to Murcia and did not return to the court until 1643, where he died in 1648.

Essential works

  • Casa de Oficios y Caballeros building in Aranjuez. Madrid © Turespaña

    Casa de Oficios y Caballeros House in Aranjuez

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Other highlighted works

  • Convent of La Encarnación (Madrid)
  • Casa de la Villa (Madrid)
  • Quinta de la Zarzuela (Madrid)
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