(León, España, 1535 - Madrid, España, 1602)
\"Juan de Arfe y Villafañe (1535-1603) was a Spanish engraver, goldsmith, artist, anatomist and author. He was of German descent. Born in Leon, Arphe y Villafañe was instructed by his father, Antonio, in goldsmithing and engraving, and also studied anatomy in Toledo and Salamanca. Following his father's death, Villafañe moved to Valladolid, where he worked as a goldsmith, mostly for churches and cathedrals, making monstrances and other pieces for cities including Ávila, Seville and Burgos. At the same time, he was an architect and a sculptor, and worked as an engraver and creator of woodcuts, as well as being the assayer of a mint in Segovia. Arphe-Villafañe wrote several books of which the best known was his Varia comesuracion para la escultura y arquitectura. Each of the four books which comprised the work focused on one of Arphe-Villafañe's subjects of expertise: \n* The first book discussed geometry in brief, and gnomonics at great length. \n* The second book focused on the anatomy of the human body. \n* The third book contained many illustrations of animals, and the text described quadrupeds and birds. \n* The fourth book talks solely on architecture and closely related subject matters. All of the books contained many woodcuts, some full page, with others mixed with the text. He moved to Madrid some years before his death, and he spent the final years of his life there, before he died of undocumented causes early into the 17th century.\"
\"Juan de Arfe y Villafañe (León, 1535- Madrid, 3 de abril de 1603) fue un orfebre español. Estaba especializado en platería. Provenía de una familia de orfebres de origen alemán. Sus obras más conocidas son las custodias asiento de las catedrales de Sevilla, Valladolid y Ávila. Realizó diversos encargos para Felipe II. También publicó varios tratados sobre arte y artesanía que fueron muy divulgados.\"