Functionalism and Caprice in Stonecutting. The Case of the Nativity Chapel in Burgos Cathedral

Alonso Rodríguez, Miguel Angel; López Mozo, Ana; Palacios Gonzalo, Jose Carlos; Rabasa Díaz, Enrique; Calvo López, José y Sanjurjo Álvarez, Alberto (2009). Functionalism and Caprice in Stonecutting. The Case of the Nativity Chapel in Burgos Cathedral. En: "Third International Congress on Construction History", 20/05/2009 - 24/05/2009, Cottbus, Alemania. ISBN 978-3-936033-31-1 (v.1).

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Título: Functionalism and Caprice in Stonecutting. The Case of the Nativity Chapel in Burgos Cathedral
Autor/es:
  • Alonso Rodríguez, Miguel Angel
  • López Mozo, Ana
  • Palacios Gonzalo, Jose Carlos
  • Rabasa Díaz, Enrique
  • Calvo López, José
  • Sanjurjo Álvarez, Alberto
Tipo de Documento: Ponencia en Congreso o Jornada (Artículo)
Título del Evento: Third International Congress on Construction History
Fechas del Evento: 20/05/2009 - 24/05/2009
Lugar del Evento: Cottbus, Alemania
Título del Libro: Proceedings of the Third International Congress on Construction History
Fecha: 2009
ISBN: 978-3-936033-31-1 (v.1)
Volumen: 1
Materias:
Palabras Clave Informales: Stereotomy, Oval vaults
Escuela: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Departamento: Ideación Gráfica Arquitectónica
Licencias Creative Commons: Reconocimiento - Sin obra derivada - No comercial

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Starting from the inaugural text of Philibert de L'Orme, stereotomic treatises and manuscripts are subject to the opposing forces of reason and fancy. The Nativity Chapel in Burgos Cathedral provides an outstanding case study on this subject. It was built in 1571-1582 by Martín de Bérriz and Martín de la Haya, using an oval vault resting on trumpet squinches to span a rectangular bay. Bed joints and rib axes are not planar curves, as usual in oval vaults. This warping is not capricious; we shall argue that it is the outcome of a systematic tracing method. As a result of this process, the slope of the bed joints increases slightly in the first courses, but stays fairly constant after the third course; this solution prevents the upper courses from slipping. Thus, in the Nativity Chapel of Burgos Cathedral, the constraints of masonry construction fostered a singular solution verging on capriccio. It is also worthwhile to remark that the warping of the joints is not easily appreciable to the eye and that the tracing process does not seem to start from a previous conception of the resulting form. All this suggests that we should be quite careful when talking about the whimsical character of Late Gothic and Early Renaissance; in some occasions, apparent caprice is the offspring of practical thinking.

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