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  Churches, Hermitages and Sanctuaries   Religious Architecture
Hermitages and Sanctuaries
Sepulchral sculpture
Renaissance and Baroque painting
Renaissance and Baroque painting.  
    Altarpiece of San Bartolomé (Santoña)   In comparison with the significance of Renaissance and Baroque sculpture, the painting in Cantabria was always in an inferior position since it lacked its own pictoric school. The main subjects were religious, since the works were ordered by religious fraternities or churches. During the Renaissance, the most important works came from Flanders, such as the altarpiece of San Bartolomé of the church of Santoña; or were done by Castilian artists, such as the altarpiece of Santa Juliana in Santillana. There is also a traditional type of medieval mural painting located in the poorest parish churches, of which some remain in Ledantes, Rasines, and Camargo. During the Baroque period, painting came mainly from Madrid and Seville. They are high quality paintings, whether copies of masterpieces, such as the Martyrdom of San Bartolomé de Ribera, in the parish church of Laredo, or probably original paintings, such as the Christ by Zurbarán, in the parish church of Castro Urdiales. From the 18th century, only one pictoric set exists of Franciscan motifs, attributed to the Asturian painter Francisco Martínez Bustamante, which came from the convent of Soto in Iruz and is at present in the Diocesan Museum in Santillana del Mar.  
High Altarpiece of the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana
Christ of Agony
(Castro Urdiales)
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