The Master Builder

Juan de Herrera: Architect to Philip II of Spain

by Catherine Wilkinson Zerner
To the English-speaking world, Spain is a country with architecture but no architects. Everyone, of course, knows of Antoní Gaudí, although his claim to Spanish nationality would be hotly contested by Catalans, who interpret his works as embodying their historical identity. Otherwise, the buildings constructed in Spain roughly between 1500 …

High Point in Low Countries

The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age

by Simon Schama
The Dutch Republic of the seventeenth century struck the foreign visitor as a society set apart from the rest of Europe. On a continent of beleaguered monarchies, the Dutch had founded a solid republic, and created a prosperous society. While Catholics and Protestants destroyed each other in bloody sectarian war, …