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Cross-Cultural Style In The Alhambra: Textiles, Identity And Origins

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Attention to trade patterns of portable goods as well as to archival documents suggests, however, that an interest in Christian textiles may have existed in al-Andalus in the later medieval period, raising the possibility that the ceilings of the Alhambra should be viewed from within that context. This chapter recognizes compelling formal parallels between these ceilings and northern tapestries and uses those similarities in conjunction with contextual evidence to suggest that one of the ways in which the painted ceilings might have been viewed was as part of a textile collection displayed in the Alhambra. Scholars largely concur that the Hall of Justice paintings were executed by Muslim artists and that they show similarities to a northern, Christian style. In her well-known analysis of the Alhambra ceilings Jerrilynn Dodds suggests that a formal parallel to tapestries may exist, noting that the paintings have a ?tapestry-like? appearance.

Keywords: al-Andalus; Alhambra; Christian textiles; Hall of Justice; Jerrilynn Dodds; painted ceilings



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