Juan de

Arfe

Artistic period 1551 to 1600

Nationality

Spanish

Birth

1535 (León)

Death

1603 (Madrid)

Biography

Juan de Arfe (* 1535 in León; † around 1603 in Madrid) was a Spanish goldsmith and sculptor.

Juan de Arfe learned the goldsmith's art from his father Enrique de Arfe in Leon, then worked as a goldsmith in Salamanca, Toledo, Valladolid and as a mint master in Segovia, until Philip II called him to Madrid in 1596, where among other things he made bronze statues for the Escorial.

His main works are the tabernacles for the cathedrals in Seville, Avila, Valladolid and for San Marlin in Madrid. He also published the books "Quilatador de oro, plata y piedras" and "Varia commensuracion para la escultura y arquitectura" in 1585.