Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain, Exhibition Catalog

About the Authors

C. D. Dickerson III is curator of sculpture and head of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Mark McDonald is curator of drawings and prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain, Exhibition Catalog

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C. D. Dickerson III and Mark McDonald with Manuel Arias Martínez, Daphne Barbour, Jonathan Brown, Richard L. Kagan, Wendy Sepponen, and Julia M. Vázquez

Accompanying the National Gallery of Art exhibition Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain, this catalog offers the first comprehensive account in English of preeminent sculptor Alonso Berruguete (c. 1488–1561). Berruguete revolutionized Renaissance Spain with a dramatic style of sculpture that reflected the decade or more he had spent in Italy in his youth. Trained as a painter, Berruguete traveled to Italy around 1506, interacting with Michelangelo and other leading artists of the time. In 1518 he returned to Spain and was appointed court painter to the new king, Charles I.


Eventually, he made his way to the Spanish city of Valladolid, where he shifted his focus to sculpture, opening a large workshop that produced breathtaking multistory altarpieces (retablos) decorated with sculptures in painted wood. This handsomely illustrated catalog follows Berruguete’s career from his beginnings in Castile to his final years in Toledo, where he produced his last great work, the marble tomb of Cardinal Juan de Tavera. Enriching the chronological narrative are essays about Berruguete’s life and practice: his complicated relationship with social status and wealth, his activity as a draftsman and use of prints, his collaboration with many assistants to create his wood sculptures, and his legacy.

  • Hardcover
  • 9.5 × 12 inches
  • 244 pages
  • 175 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • Published 2019

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