The Alhambra Around the World

Images and constructions of an aesthetic paradigm of modernity ٭

Authored by: José Miguel Puerta Vílchez

The Routledge Handbook Of Muslim Iberia

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138649149
eBook ISBN: 9781315625959
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The Alhambra of Granada has been one of the most internationally significant sources of artistic, literary and cultural inspiration from the time of the Romantics up to the present day. This chapter analyses its transformation into an active paradigm of modernity, focusing on the main evocations of the site in literature and the visual arts from the Enlightenment to the present. In particular, it will focus on the architectural recreations of the Alhambra in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, whether in ephemeral form at the worlds’ fairs, or in the form of architectural “Alhambraism” and its presence in Moorish Revival buildings spread throughout the Old and New Worlds. Likewise, it will examine the presence of the Alhambra in the arts and collective imagination of the modern Arab World.

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