Juanelo Turriano

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1500 – 1585

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Who was Juanelo Turriano?

Juanelo Turriano was an Italo-Spanish clockmaker, engineer and mathematician. He was born in Cremona.

Called to Spain in 1529 by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, he was appointed Court Clock Master and built the Cristalino, an astronomical clock that made him famous in his time. Philip II of Spain named him Matemático Mayor. He worked and lived in Toledo, where he built the Artificio de Juanelo, an engine that, driven by the river itself, lifted water from the Tagus to a height of almost 100 meters, to supply the city and its castle.

Turriano is attributed as the creator of the "Clockwork Prayer", an automaton representing a monk manufactured in the 1560s based on a commission from Philip II of Spain. Another automaton associated with Turriano is a figure of a lady playing a lute housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

He died at Toledo in 1585.

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Born
1500
Cremona
Profession
Lived in
  • Cremona
Died
Jun 13, 1585
Toledo

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on July 23, 2013

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