Don Josef Churriguera
sculptor and architect; d. 1725.
A native of Salamanca (Spain), he went to Madrid in 1688. At Madrid he designed the great catafalque for the obsequies of the Queen Maria Louisa (d. 1689), built the new portal of the church of S. Gayetano, a palace for Don Juan de Goyeneche, and executed various pieces of sculpture for altars of churches and convents. He was succeeded by his sons Gerónimo and Nicolas. The term Churrigueresque is applied to the extravagant style which he affected.