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Plateresque refers to the 15th and 16th century art form in Spain, characterized by an ornate style of architecture. This form was soon transferred to Spanish-owned colonies in America. The terms means "in the manner of a silversmith" (Plata meaning silver in Spanish).

Style

Plateresque's main traits are the delicate execution in its ornaments. Distinct examples of include the Royal Chapel of the Granada Cathedral, Monterrey Palace in Salamanca, the House of Shells in Salamanca, the façades of Seville Town Hall, the University of Salamanca and the Administration Building at Texas Tech University which was inspired by University of Alcalá. The artistic form is derived largely from late Gothic styles in the Low Countries, namely the Florid and Brabant styles, and is the last phase of Gothic in Spain before the adoption of forms inspired by the Italian Renaissance.


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