Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a style of 16th-century Spanish architecture characterized by lavish ornament in a variety of motifs, especially Gothic, Renaissance, and Moorish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling silver plate; -- said of certain architectural ornaments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Resembling silverwork: noting a certain class of architectural enrichments.

Etymologies

Spanish plateresco, in the manner of a silversmith, Plateresque, from platero, silversmith, from plata, silver; see platina.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Renaissance style, of that especially rich type known as "Plateresque," due to its likeness to the work of the silversmiths of the time.

    An Art-Lovers Guide to the Exposition

  • It is also striking to note the work was not uniformly Gothic -- as evident by the exuberant Mexican Baroque altarpiece proposed for a Cuban project above, as well as numerous Romanesque, classical and even faintly Plateresque examples.

    Some Images of Early 20th Century American Liturgical Architecture

  • Churches are constructed in the Churriguerresque, Baroque, Plateresque and other styles

    Mexico - history time-line overview - resource page

  • In this region, the facades of these religious buildings bear great witness to the enormous influence of Plateresque and Hispanic-Arabic, or Moorish, designs.

    Introduction to Michoacán - the soul of Mexico

  • In this region some façades of religious buildings gained great interest from the enormous Plateresque influence and Moorish presentation.

    The Meseta Purepecha

  • The church, dedicated to Santiago de Apostola, bore the date of 1562, was simple, unadorned but for a Plateresque doorway.

    Uruapan - The Real Mexico

  • The Plateresque church front is designed in a bold style, derived from Spanish antecedents but imbued with a powerful local flavor.

    Colonial Lake Pátzcuaro

  • A little way along, in the little roadside village of Uricho, another folk Plateresque facade graces the church.

    Colonial Lake Pátzcuaro

  • However, by the end of the 16th century, having established their dominance, the Spaniards began building more elaborate Plateresque constructions, an ornamental style typical of the Spanish Renaissance.

    Urban Deconstruction

  • The Frenchman had agreed with Frederickson that the Plateresque architecture of Salamanca was incredible but over-elaborate.

    Sharpe's Enemy

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