Jewel in the Alhambra crown

AN artistic “jewel”, believed to be a historic discovery, has come to light, following a three-million-euro conservation project on Granada’s renowned Alhambra Palace, spread over 10 years.

The fresco-style paintings – a technique of mural painting, executed on freshly-laid, or wet-lime plaster – found in three 15-metre vaults of the Hall of Kings (Sala de los Reyes), are said to be one-of-a-kind worldwide because of the artistic techniques used.

The works, portraying illustrious figures from under the Nasrid rule, which was the last Muslim Arab dynasty in Iberia, were commissioned by Granada’s Muhammed V, using leather, ceramics, glass and plasterwork.

The decade-long restoration project, co-ordinated by the Alhambra Conservation Service and the Andalucian Institute for Historic Heritage, required an epic team of architects, chemists, art historians, biologists and conservators, together with even more experts.

Since work was last carried out, by Rafael Contreras in 1855, the paintings had deteriorated rapidly, through roof leaks, which have now been sorted out.

Yet, there are no sources from the Nasrid era to explain the scenes illustrated in these masterpieces, and they do not reflect depictions in Islam, which makes the art unique.

The side arches depict cavalry, hunting and courtesans, while the central arch shows a meeting between the first 10 kings of the Nasrid dynasty, and the fall of this ruling marked the end of the famous Al-Andalus.


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