A collection of 3D models of architecture and objects in Spain and Portugal. Click directly on the image or its name to be redirected to the 3D model’s site: with a mouse try click and dragging, double-click and dragging, or moving the scroll wheel; on a touch screen drag with one or two fingers, or pinch/expand with two fingers to zoom in/out. ARTES takes no credit for the production of any of these models, and we are hugely grateful to all those who have shared their models on Sketchfab and other platforms.
Our aim is to ensure that all models are accompanied by a brief text and bibliography: please do send us recommendations of other models to include!
León cathedral preserves more medieval glass than any other Iberian church. Most of what is visible here was made in the 13th and 14th centuries, though there were extensive restorations in the 19th century, and the colours in this image have been artificially enhanced. The Gothic cathedral was begun in the 1250s, and its elevations are strongly indebted to Rayonnant churches in France, especially the new work at Saint-Denis (begun in 1231) and the cathedral in Châlons-en-Champagne. Here at León the vast windows occupy the full width of each bay, and the triforium was fully glazed. The high altar is dominated by the great altarpiece by Nicolás Francés (d. 1468) [Tom Nickson, July 2020]
J. Yarza Luaces, M. V. Herráez Ortega and G. Boto Varela, eds, Congreso Internacional “La catedral de León en la Edad Media”: actas, León 7-11 de abril de 2003 (León 2004)
The Puerta Preciosa (c. 1318-1355) served as the threshold between the cloister and the private dormitory of the canons of Pamplona, who lived communally in the cathedral complex until the middle of the nineteenth century. The door’s name derives from a psalm, beginning with the words ‘Preciosa in conspectu Domini…’ (precious in the sight of the Lord…), which was sung by the canons as they retired to their sleeping quarters in a nightly procession. This partial digital reconstruction of the portal shows details from the tympanum, which includes scenes from the end of the life, the death, and the coronation of the Virgin. The inner archivolts visible in the 3D model feature a series of crowned women, standing beneath microarchitectural canopies. Click here for an image of the entire Puerta Preciosa, which includes additional Marian imagery, such as the Annunciation jamb figures. [Jamie Haskell, July 2020]
José Salvador-González, ‘La Puerta Preciosa de la catedral de Pamplona. Interpretación iconográfica fundada en fuentes apócrifas’, Eikón Imago 2(2012): 1-48.
Santiaga Hidalgo Sánchez, ‘El ciclo de la Dormición en el claustro de la catedral de Pamplona’, Revue Mabillon 22 (= t.83) (2011): 145-176.
Santiago de Compostela
CLICK HERE for a Google Earth guided tour by Dr. Tom Nickson intended to compliment the MAVCOR digital spaces above