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The Power of Symbols

The Alhambra in a Global Perspective

Edited By Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga

This volume intends to foster a re-interpretation of the Nasrid architecture of the Alhambra in Granada and its post-Islamic appropriation and global diffusion. Taking into account the current debates on otherness, cultural exchange and artistic transfer, hybridization, stylistic renewal and national identity building, this collection of essays explores the significance of the Alhambra from the Nasrid period to the present time. Built as a military fortress and gradually enlarged to a multi-functional palace city, by the 19th century the Alhambra became a symbol of exoticism and reverie. As one of the most important legacies of the Islamic heritage of al-Andalus, its role as a mediator between East and West is more important than ever.

Luis Calvo Merino: Preface – Francine Giese/Ariane Varela Braga: The Power of Symbols. The Alhambra in a Global Perspective – Carmen Rallo Gruss: "...En el mundo nosotros debemos nuestra fortuna a nuestras espada", Muhammad V promotor de las pinturas de la Sala de los Reyes en la Alhambra – Sarah Keller: Slivers of Light: Stained Glass in Al-Andalus – Fernando Valdés Fernández: Arqueología y melancolía. Algunas observaciones a la biografía de Don Leopoldo Torres Balbás – Carlos Ruiz Souza: El Palacio de los Leones de la Alhambra: espacio de virtud del príncipe – Manuel Parada López de Corselas: Jan van Eyck and the Alhambra of Granada in Context – Edhem Eldem: The Ottomans and the Alhambra: Inspiration or Ignorance? – Helena Lahoz Kopiske: Eine monumentale Synagoge für Sepharad. Die Synagoge des Samuel ha-Levi in Toledo – Fani Gargova: The Alhambra and the Dream of Sefarad – Barbara von Orelli: Gottfried Semper’s Dresden Synagogue Revised: An Echo of the Alhambra? – Hildegard Frübis: Die Neue Synagoge in Berlin (1866) und die Alhambra. Die Adaption maurischer Stilelemente und die Re-Orientalisierung des europäischen Judentums – Asun González Pérez: Rafael Contreras and the Re-Shaping of the Alhambra in the 19th Century – Rafael Cómez Ramos: Alhambra de Granada versus Alcázar de Sevilla – Laura Castro Royo: La inserción del pasado islámico en la identidad nacional española a través de la arquitectura revival: el caso del Palacio de Laredo – Henrik Karge: Zwischen Imagination und Formanalyse. Die Alhambra in der frühen deutschen Kunstgeschichtsschreibung – Francine Giese: An Inclination for the Moorish Style. Architects and Networks in 19th-Century Germany – Josephin Heller: Die Alhambra-Rezeption in Dresden. Carl von Diebitschs Maurisches Bad auf Schloss Albrechtsberg – Pedro A. Galera Andreu: La Alhambra y el orientalismo islámico: la visión de artistas y viajeros románticos – Sarah Tabbal: Marià Fortunys Die Ermordung der Abencerragen. Zur Alhambra als Projektionsfläche und Symbolträgerin imaginierter Vergangenheit in der Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts – Ariane Varela Braga: Building a Dream: the Alhambra in the Villa of Sammezzano – Nadezhda Stanulevich: The Photographs of the Alhambra at the Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum – Luidmilla Kondratenko/Ekaterina Saviona: The History of the Alhambra Models Collection in Russia – Katrin Kaufmann: Building "Moorish Wonders": Alhambrism in Tsarist Russia – Ieva Kalnača: El alhambrismo en tierras de Letonia durante la segunda mitad del siglo XIX y primer tercio del siglo XX – Antonieta Emparán: Palacio de la Alhambra: un orientalismo chileno del siglo XIX – Davy Depelchin: Orientalism Challenged. The Spanish Pavilion at the 1910 Brussels International Exhibition