Mudéjar and the Alhambresque: Spanish pavilions at the universal expositions and the invention of a national style

McSweeney, Anna (2017) Mudéjar and the Alhambresque: Spanish pavilions at the universal expositions and the invention of a national style. Art in Translation, 9 (1). pp. 50-70. ISSN 1756-1310

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Abstract

Spain's complex relationship with its Islamic architectural heritage was brought into particular focus through the prism of its national pavilions that were built for the Universal Expositions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This paper explores how Spain chose to represent itself in several key expositions of the 1860s and 1870s, using a combination of styles derived from its Islamic architectural heritage, from the mudéjar to the Alhambresque. Particular attention is paid to the critical reception to the national pavilions within Spain; to the influence of global architectural trends on Spanish architects and critics; to the variety among the different versions of Spain's Islamic architecture that were promoted in the name of nationalism; and to the role of ephemeral architecture in the attempts to define a national architectural style.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mudéjar, Alhambra, Universal Expositions, World's Fairs, nineteenth-century Spain, al-Andalus, architectural nationalism, exposition pavilions, ephemeral architecture, Alhambresque, Alhambrism
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA0100 Architecture and the state
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA2400 Museums. Exhibitions
Depositing User: Anna McSweeney
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 09:18
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75767

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