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Ventura Rodríguez

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" Architect. Together with Juan de Villanueva, he was the maximum exponent of Spanish 18th-century architecture. The evolution from Baroque to Neoclassicism can be observed in his work."

He was born in Ciempozuelos (Madrid) in 1717. He developed his own style under the influence of distinguished constructors from the previous century. In a first stage he maintained the Baroque aesthetics, but gradually championed the Neoclassical style. His Baroque works include the chapel of the Royal Palace in Madrid, the altar of Cuenca Cathedral and the remodelling of the Pilar Basilica in Zaragoza, based on a 17th-century project by Herrera. Towards the mid-18th century he was an internationally renowned artist. The church of the Augustinians in Valladolid, the Duke of Alba Palace in Madrid and, notably, the façade of Pamplona Cathedral correspond to his second period. He died in 1785.


Highlighted works

  • Parish Church of San Marcos (Madrid)
  • El Pilar Basilica in Zaragoza
  • Cuenca Cathedral Altar
  • Royal Monastery of La Encarnación (Madrid)
  • Convent of the Augustinians (Valladolid)
  • Pamplona Cathedral façade
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