Covarrubias, Alonso de

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Covarrubias, Alonso de (1488–1570). Spanish mason and sculptor. He worked at Salamanca Cathedral (1512) before carrying out decorations at Sigüenza. His most important work was El Alcázar, Toledo (1537–53—badly damaged during the Civil War, 1936–9), where the top storey is rusticated and the two lower storeys plain (an inversion of the normal Classical arrangement), and Italian forms were applied to a large plain ashlar façade for decorative purposes. As master-mason to Toledo Cathedral, he was responsible for the Chapel of the New Kings (1531–4).


Chueca Goitia (1953);
Kubler & and Soria (1959);
Jane Turner (1996)