The Alhambra as a paradise in the Arab Imaginary (La Alhambra como paraíso en el imaginario árabe)
This lecture analyzes the Arabic texts and the concrete semantics with which the paradisiacal became part of the symbolic and physical construction of the Alhambra palace in Granada. It will also be demonstrated how the Alhambra itself became a paradigm of paradise lost in later Arabic literary and artistic culture. Professor Puerta Vílchez analyzes Qur’anic and poetic inscriptions and texts contemporary with the Alhambra’s construction, as well as some significant works of later art by Arab artists relevant to the theme.
*(lecture in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English)
José Miguel Puerta Vílchez is a professor in the Department of the History of Art, Universidad de Granada. He is the author of several volumes on Arabic aesthetics, poetics and architecture, including the ground-breaking Historia del pensamiento estético árabe. Al-Andalus y la estética árabe clásica (Akal, 1997), recently published in English as Aesthetics in Arabic Thought from Pre-Islamic Arabia through al-Andalus (Brill, 2017). His publications on the palace of the Alhambra include Los códigos de utopía de la Alambra de Granada (Granada, 1990), and Leer la Alambra. Guía visual del Monumento a través de sus inscripciones (Granada, 2010).
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