York Islamic Art Circle: The Legacy of al-Andalus

January 30, 2020 - 6:30 pm


“The Legacy of al-Andalus: Craftsmanship and architectural fragments from Islamic Spain”
with Dr Anna McSweeney (University of Sussex)

Attendance by free ticket  https://www.york.ac.uk/history-of-art/news-and-events/events/2020/iac30120/

Ceilings can tell an extraordinary story. Crowning intimate and important spaces, in palaces made for rulers, these architectural wonders were made with exquisite craftsmanship by Muslim craftsmen for the palaces of al-Andalus, Castile and Aragon. But what happens to them once those rulers have disappeared? This lecture will consider the legacy of these architectural fragments with a focus on ceilings made under Islamic and post-Islamic Spain which were dismantled and dispersed among museums across the world. What kind of stories can they tell, and why is it important to tell them today?