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Set design

  • “Set design”. Barcelona © MNAC - Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya

    “Set design”. Barcelona © MNAC - Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya





16th century

Cultural background


Original title

Perspectiva escenográfica
National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)
Barcelona, Catalonia

Set design

This drawing is the only surviving architectural design by Diego de Siloé.

Siloé was an architect and sculptor working in Spanish Renaissance architecture of the first half of the 16th century. His works can be seen in Burgos Cathedral and the Royal Chapel of Granada. The drawing shows a fantasy scene, which is why it has been considered a possible set design or decorative project. At the same time it shows a good knowledge of the classical language. The mastery of one-point perspective and three-dimensional effect reflect his contact with the latest Italian trends, which he may have learned in Naples during a brief stay there around 1517.

Details of the work


39.9 cm x 25.6 cm

Pen and ink and ink wash on paper


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