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ca. 1515 - 'Juan de Vargas' (maybe by Mestre Ruiz), Convento de Santa Isabel, Alba de Tormes, Museu Frederic Marès, Barcelona, Spain | by RO EL (Roel Renmans)
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ca. 1515 - 'Juan de Vargas' (maybe by Mestre Ruiz), Convento de Santa Isabel, Alba de Tormes, Museu Frederic Marès, Barcelona, Spain

Wonderfully detailed tomb of Juan de Vargas from Alba de Tormes, Salamanca. The armour still looks very 'gothic' for being early 16th century, i.e. pointy and slim, instead of being more blocky and rounded like in the rest of Europe. Spain started playing a more dominant role later in the century, when it became a trendsetter for a lot of European countries. Note the sword being the centre of attention on this tomb, a highly Spanish feature. The relatively long mail skirt and big pauldrons are typically early 16th century European as well. Another Spanish feature is Juan's head resting on a shield, influenced by North African styles.

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Taken on January 3, 2008