The Casa de Miranda in Burgos
  • Francois-Antoine Bossuet
  • Ypres 1798 - 1889 Brussels
  • The Casa de Miranda in Burgos, 1864
  • Watercolour over pencil, partly heightened with white,
    on beige wove paper,
  • signed with brush and brown ink lower left: F. Bossuet,
    inscribed and dated lower right:
    Casa de Miranda. / Burgos. Sept. 1864.
  • 349 × 289 mm

François-Antoine Bossuet received his academic training in Antwerp and Brussels, before settling as an architectural painter in the Belgian capital. However, he sought out the subjects of his work in numerous journeys all over Europe.

These depictions received great acclaim for their topographic precision and refined use of perspective. This aligned with one of Bossuet’s particular interests; for example, he published a treatise on perspective in 1843. In 1855, he was honoured with a professorship at the academy in Brussels, a position that Bossuet would hold for more than twenty years.

The Casa de Miranda, with its famous Renaissance interior courtyard, ranks among the best-known examples of profane architecture in the northern Spanish city of Burgos and today houses a portion of the local museum. It still reflects the ambition of the erstwhile capital of the united kingdoms of Castile and León as well as the former economic significance of this important station on the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela.