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  • Place of origin:

    Avila (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1520-1530 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Workshop of Lorenzo de Avila (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron

  • Museum number:

    280:1 to 12-1879

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50a, The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery, case EXP []

Screens were used to protect altars and private chapels. They were common in churches across Europe. This portion of the vast screen from Avila Cathedral consists of balusters, in a style favoured by the local ironwork specialist, Lorenzo de Avila, and his workshop. In earlier Spanish screens twisted bars were more common.

Physical description

Large ironwork screen.

Place of Origin

Avila (made)


ca. 1520-1530 (made)


Workshop of Lorenzo de Avila (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron


Height: 317.2 cm, Width: 429.5 cm, Depth: 22.5 cm, Weight: 600 kg

Descriptive line

Screen, or reja from a lateral chapel in the Cathedral of Avila, probably made by the Workshop of Lorenzo of Avila with work by Juan Frances, wrought iron, Avila, ca. 1520-1530.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p.29, fig.23
Campbell, Marian. An Introduction to Ironwork. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1985. 48 p., ill. ISBN 0112904157


Wrought iron


Forging (metal forming)


Metalwork; Ironwork; Religion


Metalwork Collection

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