The Alhambra: Transformation and Change through Architectural Ceramics
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AlhambraCuarto DoradoArchitectural ceramicsRestoration
Díez Jorge, Mª E.; Barrera Maturana, I.J; Díaz, N.. The Alhambra: Transformation and Change through Architectural Ceramics. Arts 2018, 7, 79; doi:10.3390/arts7040079.
SponsorshipThis research was funded by Universidad de Granada and the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife, grant number “The Alhambra’s Architectural Ceramics, addenda 4/2016”.
In the following paper, we look at the Alhambra from a perspective of architectural ceramics, an essential element in the understanding of the monument. From the Nasrid era onward, glazed ceramic tile mosaics were used to adorn the walls, a style that extended into the Christian conquest, when the palace complex was used as a royal residence. Since then, restoration work has continued to be carried out on the alicatados that cover the Alhambra’s walls, especially during an intense period in the 19th century, when it was the subject of much interest from Romantic travellers to Granada. A detailed, documented analysis of this work shows the complexity of the palace and fortress complex, helping us to better understand a part of its history. In the following pages, we specifically focus on one room in the Alhambra, the so-called Cuarto Dorado (Golden Room), outlining the preliminary findings of a research project that we are undertaking in association with the University of Granada and the Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife (Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife).