Spain: a history of art, power and passion - a memory of Al-Andalus
In 711 AD, Spain was conquered by Moorish armies from North Africa who named this country Al-Andalus. A magnificent golden age of building and culture flourished during subsequent centuries.
The lecture focuses on the architectural, horticultural and artisanal legacy of Islamic Spain with a tour of the most important buildings of Andalusia including Córdoba's hauntingly beautiful Mezquita, Seville's memorable Alcazar and Giralda Tower and the exquisite Alhambra Palace in Grenada.
Water was an essential component of the Islamic garden and fountains still dazzle in the beautiful Generalife garden adjacent to the Alhambra whilst providing a mirror-like calm in the depths of the water mine in Ronda's Casa del Rey Moro.
Many luxury crafts flourished in Moorish Spain including fine silk-weaving at Almería, ivory-carving in medieval Córdoba alongside paper-making, metal-working and pottery. Hispano-Moresque ceramic lustre-wares made in 15th Century Málaga and Valencia were exported as far as England and had an important role in the development of Italian Renaissance maiolica.
As Muslim power waned during the Reconquista followed by the power of the Habsburg monarchs, elements of Moorish architectural, musical and aesthetic heritage survived and synthesised with the new Christian culture. The lecture concludes with the passion for the art of Andalusia shown by Victorian artists including Owen Jones and William de Morgan and later writers and artists such as Gerald Brennan and Dora Carrington.
venue: Cultural Centre, calle Granada, Nerja at 6.00 pm