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plateresque

[plat-uh-resk] /ˌplæt əˈrɛsk/
adjective, (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
noting or pertaining to a 16th-century style of Spanish architecture characterized by profuse applications of delicate low-relief Renaissance ornament to isolated parts of building exteriors.
Origin of plateresque
1835-1845
1835-45; < Spanish plateresco, equivalent to plater(o) silversmith (plat(a) silver; see platina + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary) + -esco -esque; so called because the heavy ornamentation of the style suggested decorated silverwork
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  • It has three small naves, marble columns, and plateresque ornamentation.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • The two pulpits are covered with interesting iron bas-reliefs, and the High Altar encased in a mass of plateresque silver work.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain William Wiehe Collins
  • This organ, its loft, and the pulpit against it are all very elaborate examples of plateresque Renaissance work.

  • Late Gothic predominates amidst a deal of plateresque and Barroque ornament.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain William Wiehe Collins
  • The retablo back of the high altar, consisting of plateresque ornament, belongs for the most part to the Renaissance.

    Cathedrals of Spain John A. (John Allyne) Gade
  • It would be difficult to find a faade of greater beauty than this marvel of plateresque work.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain William Wiehe Collins
  • The galleries of the present cloisters are later Gothic work with plateresque decorations and arches walled up.

    Cathedrals of Spain John A. (John Allyne) Gade
  • It is the first sample of plateresque architecture then introduced into Spain by Covarrubias.

  • The great west faade is highly enriched with plateresque ornament.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain William Wiehe Collins
  • First we pass the beautiful plateresque gateway of the Hospital del Rey.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram

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