Friday, November 09, 2012

Isidro Velázquez Designs

Spanish 18th & 19th century
Architectural Sketches &c.



Alzado de la Fuente de Narciso (Isidro Velázquez)
Alzado de la Fuente de Narciso
Elevation of the Fountain of Narcissus (Aranjuez, Spain)



Media planta y alzado de la Fuente de Ceres (Isidro Velázquez)
Media planta y alzado de la Fuente de Ceres
Media plan and elevation of the Fountain of Ceres*
(*Roman Goddess of agriculture)



18th c. gouache architecture sketch
Alzado de la Fuente de Venus
Elevation of the Fountain of Venus



Planta de la Fuente de Venus (Isidro Velázquez) (Iberia)
Planta de la Fuente de Venus
Plan of the Fountain of Venus



Hercules fountain draft sketch, Spain
Alzado de la Fuente de Hércules y Anteo
Elevation of the Fountain of Hercules and Antaeus*
(*Antaeus, in Greek mythology: giant son of Poseidon and Gaia)



Planta y alzado de la Fuente de Apolo (Isidro Velázquez) (Iberia)
Planta y alzado de la Fuente de Apolo
Plan and elevation of the Fountain of Apollo



18th cent. Vatican Loggia arabesque/grotesque design sketch
Arabesco de una ventana de las logias de Rafael en el Vaticano
Window arabesque by Raphael from the Vatican Loggia



Templo de Vesta en Tívoli Descripción del Templo de Vesta Vulgarmente Llamado de la Sibila (Isidro Velázquez) (Iberia)
Templo de Vesta en Tívoli Descripción del Templo
de Vesta Vulgarmente Llamado de la Sibila
The Temple of Vesta^ at Tivoli, Italy
said to be dedicated to The Tiburtine Sibyl^




Embarcadero del estanque grande del Retiro. Fachada al Estanque (Isidro Velázquez) (Iberia)
Embarcadero del estanque grande
del Retiro. Fachada al Estanque.
{?} Waterfront retreat with
pond/moat water level overlay.



Embarcadero del estanque grande del Retiro. Fachada a los Jardines (Isidro Velázquez) (Iberia)
Embarcadero del estanque grande del Retiro.
Fachada a los Jardines
{?} Waterfront retreat:
garden-side profile.



Embarcadero del estanque grande del Retiro. Corte transversal (Isidro Velázquez) (Iberia)
Embarcadero del estanque grande del Retiro. Corte transversal.
{?} Waterfront retreat cross-section.



view of 18th c. building plan
Embarcadero del estanque grande del Retiro
{?} Waterfront retreat



The Letter 'e' with watercolour b&w temple sketch in background
Diseño de uno de los tres Templos que subsisten en la antigua 
Ciudad de Pesto la que anteriormente pertenecía a la Provincia de la 
Lucania y hoy á Salerno Ciudad del Reyno de Napoles
~Design of one of the three remaining temples in the ancient city of 
Pesto which previously belonged to the province of Salerno 
and today Lucania Town Kingdom of Naples



2 cross-sectional views of stage and seating stand inside theatre
Proyecto del Salón para el Congreso de Cortes. 
Secciones transversales hacia la tribuna y hacia el dosel del trono
~Project for the Congress Hall of Cortes:
cross sections of the grandstand and canopy seating



Fachada principal de la Casa del Labrador (Isidro Velázquez) (Iberia)
Fachada principal de la Casa del Labrador^
Main facade of the Casa del Labrador
(looks like an early design sketch)


[all these cropped images have been moderately cleaned of background stains}
Isidro González Velázquez (1765-1829) was a Spanish architect (and second son of the painter Antonio González Velázquez). According to the inclinations of the artistic dynasty to which he belonged, Isidro joined the studios of the Architecture Academy of San Fernando as a disciple of Juan de Villanueva.

Isidro Velázquez finished his training in 1790 and, supported by Carlos IV, travelled through France, Italy and Greece, studying the objects and monuments of classical antiquity before returning to Spain in 1795.

In 1799, Isidro Velázquez worked as an academic and was listed as the 'Deputy Chief Architect of the royal palaces and country houses of the King'. He is thought to have been responsible in ~1803 for the external decoration of the new royal residence at Aranjuez: the Casa del Labrador^ {see last image above}. Velázquez engaged in further work for the King by contributing to the Royal Canal project in the Madrid sections of the Mazarenes river.
[Paraphrased from a garbled translation of the Wikipedia article: there is more to his story - he designed theatres / obelisk etc - but the translation breaks down hereabouts]

1 comment:

Dea said...

Very interesting!

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