Alabaster in Aragón is a variety of gypsum. It has tonalities between white and grey. It is easlier to work with it than other gypsums. This mineral is translucent, its grains are small size and its texture is similar to marble.
There are two big alabaster’s deposit in Aragon. One of them is between Fuentes de Ebro and Albalate del Arzobispo. And the other is in Calatayud.
Damian Forment is an example of sculptor in Aragon. He is from Valencia but he lives in Zaragoza. His works more prominent are the altarpiece of the Basilica of the Virgen del Pilar in Zaragoza and the altarpiece of the “Catedral de la transfiguración del señor (Huesca)” in Huesca.
These works belong to aragonese Renaissance. Alabaster used in the Basilica of the Virgen del Pilar created with the Aragon Alabaster. In Cathedral from Huesca, the sculptor sculpt his face and daughter’s face.
They are two marvellous examples of Aragonese Renaissance style and some small details of these works should be pointed out. The alabaster used in the altarpiece found in the Pilar was taken from mines in the nearby town of Gelsa. In Huesca Cathedral you can see two medallions with sculpted faces of the artist and his daughter Ursula on the ends of the arch decoration.
The tradition of using alabaster has not been lost in Aragón and there are several artists who still work with this material today. Some of their work can be seen in the Centre for Traditional Craftwork in Aragón. This Centre belongs to the Professional Association of Craftsmen and Women of Aragón, which is formed by artists from different fields who use materials including alabaster, metal, paper and glass.
Pedro Guillén Salinas produces interesting designs in which drawings and engravings are integrated. He uses alabaster to make pictures and lamps.
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