Felipe

Bigarny

Artistic period 1501 to 1550

Nationality

Spanish

Birth

ca. 1475 (Langres)

Death

1542 (Toledo)

Biography

Felipe Bigarny, also known as Felipe Vigarny, Felipe Biguerny or Felipe de Borgoña, called el Borgoñón

(* about 1475 in Langres, Bourgogne; † 10. November 1542 in Toledo), was a French-Spanish sculptor and architect of the Renaissance.

Bigarny travelled as a young man to Rome, where he got to know the art of the Italian Renaissance before 1500. In 1498 he took the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago to Spain, where he created altar reliefs at the cathedral of Burgos. This led to further commissions as wood carver and stone sculptor, among others from 1499 at the cathedral of Toledo.

In 1513 Bigarny designed the canopy of the tomb of Domingo de la Calzada, in 1516 he started to work on the high altar of the church Santo Tomás of Haro and finished it in 1519.

From his marriage to the widow María Sáez Pardo came five sons, of whom the first-born Gregorio Pardo (* 1517) supported him in his late years as a collaborator.

Bigarny worked with other famous masters, such as Berruguete in Zaragoza in 1519 and Diego de Siloé in Burgos, with whom he also rivalled and who influenced his style.

Bigary's reputation was reinforced by the fact that in 1526 Diego de Sagredo's book Medidas del Romano highlighted him as an exceptional artist and interlocutor. Subsequently he received numerous commissions from different parts of Spain. He died a wealthy man.