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13 February 2020Three Andalusian Cities. Cordoba, Seville & Granada

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Three Andalusian Cities. Cordoba, Seville & Granada

Gail Turner Thursday 13 February 2020

Their history, architecture and paintings are traced as Moorish mastery gradually gave way to Christian Reconquest.

Andalucia conjures orange blossom, flamenco, fountains, patios and decorative plaster work. For nearly 800 years from 711 the Iberian peninsula was dominated by the Moors. Seville, Cordoba and Granada became centres of culture, learning, luxury and magnificence. Their history, architecture and paintings are traced as Moorish mastery gradually gave way to Christian Reconquest. In many intriguing ways, centuries of Moorish rule are still visible in Andalucia, and are vital to an understanding of the diversity of Spanish culture.

 In 2015 Gail was awarded the Encomienda de Isabel la Catolica (the equivalent of the CBE) by the King of Spain for promoting Spanish culture among British audiences.

An art historian, and painter. Lecturer for The Arts Society since 1992, lectures regularly for the V&A High Renaissance and Baroque course, Art Pursuits, and the Art Fund. Has taught on Cambridge University International Summer Schools, the Courtauld Institute Summer Courses, Inscape, Gainsborough’s House and other arts organisations.