José Gambino

Category: Architect
Birth Date: (†25th August 1775)
Birth Place: Italia

His father's family was Italian and he was one of the great artists of the baroque school of Compostela. At first, he studied with his grandfather, who was a sculptor. He was studying in Portugal and Rome. When he returned to Santiago in 1747, he joined the group of collaborators of Fernando de Casas. His work represents the transition of Baroque to Neoclassicism. The statues of the Obradoiro façade at Santiago's cathedral are baroque and represent Faith, Hope and Charity. On the second stage of his art, we can stand out his figures of angels, seraphs and bas-relieves in the Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes. Rosendo Salvado, bishop of that diocese, carried some of his works to Australia. In 1774, he worked with his son-in-law, José Antonio Ferreiro, in the works of the tympanum of the Seminary of Santiago de Compostela that had been designed by Gregorio Ferro Requejo. He also made statues of the Virgin, altarpieces in Herbón, the Christ of the Collegiate Church of Iria Flavia, Santa Catalina de San Martín Pinario and the sculptures of the presbytery of San Martín Pinario that are considered as very important within his work.