Metalworks Gallery

The Metalworks Gallery exhibits an extraordinary selection of Spanish door knockers, lock ensembles, door bosses, and ornamental ironwork dating from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Spanish Medieval and Renaissance ironwork often combined European motifs such as Gothic spires and quatrefoils with intricate Mudejar geometric decoration influenced by Islamic tradition. The fashioning of these objects required both technical mastery and artistic skill. Many of the iron door knockers and lock plates on display feature imaginative representations of human figures, dogs, salamanders, bats, and dragons.