From Granada to Berlin: The Alhambra Cupola

McSweeney, Anna (2020) From Granada to Berlin: The Alhambra Cupola. Connecting Art Histories in the Museum . Verlag Kettler, Dortmund. ISBN 9783862068319

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Abstract

This book is the story of an extraordinary survivor from the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain: the Alhambra cupola, now in the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin. The cupola, a ceiling crafted from carved and painted wood, was made to crown an exquisite mirador in one of the earliest palace buildings of the Alhambra. The book is the cupola’s biography from its medieval construction to its imminent redisplay in Berlin. It traces the long history of the Alhambra through the prism of the cupola, from the Muslim craftsmen who built it, to its adaptation by the Christian conquerors after the fall of Granada in 1492, to its creation as a heritage site.

The cupola was sketched by artists from across Europe, before it was dismantled by a German financier and taken to Berlin in the 19th century. It witnessed the dramatic events of the 20th century in Germany and was eventually bought by the Museum in 1978. In recent decades, the new visibility of the cupola to the wider public has prompted questions about the object and its movement from Granada to Berlin. Its removal from the Alhambra and the complex reasons behind this loss are central to this biography. Setting the cupola within the wider context of Islamic heritage, it considers the role of collecting practices in the transformation of living monuments into heritage sites in the 20th century.

This book presents a focused study of this unique object that cuts across academic disciplines and geographic boundaries to reveal a new perspective on the legacy of Islamic art in Europe and its continuing relevance today.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DD History of Germany > DD258 West Germany
D History General and Old World > DD History of Germany > DD280 East Germany
D History General and Old World > DP History of Spain. Portugal > DP001 Spain > DP002 General
D History General and Old World > DP History of Spain. Portugal > DP001 Spain > DP044 Antiquities. Social life and customs. Ethnography
D History General and Old World > DP History of Spain. Portugal > DP001 Spain > DP056 History > DP057 General
D History General and Old World > DP History of Spain. Portugal > DP001 Spain > DP056 History > DP091 By period > DP097.3 711-1516. Moorish domination and the Reconquest > DP100 Moors in Spain. Córdoba. Kingdom of Granada
D History General and Old World > DP History of Spain. Portugal > DP001 Spain > DP056 History > DP091 By period > DP161 Modern Spain, 1479/1516- > DP161.5 1479-1516. Fernando V and Isabel I
D History General and Old World > DP History of Spain. Portugal > DP001 Spain > DP056 History > DP091 By period > DP161 Modern Spain, 1479/1516- > DP233 20th century. 1886-
D History General and Old World > DT History of Africa > DT0181 Maghrib. Barbary States
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA2400 Museums. Exhibitions
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA3320 Architectural decoration
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts > NK1700 Interior decoration. House decoration
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts > NK3600 Other arts and art industries > NK9600 Woodwork
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0420 Exhibitions
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0440 History of the arts > NX0449 Medieval
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Depositing User: Anna McSweeney
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 15:44
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 14:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/87213
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