A nod to the BBC Sherlock series, modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes, in this discussion of a mind palace; a place in our heads dedicated to thought. Such a place functions as a retreat, a refuge, a sanctuary of the cognitive kind. I’d like my conceptual safe haven to look like the Alhambra Palace of Granada, Spain. I would be inspired to form beautiful, well-crafted ideas.
The Córdoba Mosque, the Giralda and Alcázar in Sevilla and the Alhambra in Granada are stunning examples of the magnificent buildings Islamic rulers left behind in Spain, when the Catholic Kings finally sent them packing in 1492. I had a chance to visit the Islamic Palace in Granada when I was a student. I was lucky to return there with my family in 2013. I’ll share with you some of my favorite images of the meditative designs and intricate ornaments.
Islamic tradition prohibits the use of art that depicts animals and people in religious art. Those figures are considered graven images. As a result, geometric art is developed to a high level.
Patio of the Lions; the carved lions are one of the only examples of representational art of an animal in the palace. Such carvings were allowed in secular art.
Tremendous calligraphy also developed as an art form in the Islamic tradition.
What is your interior retreat? How does it look or feel? Is it silent or is music playing?
Gracias for commenting and reading Fake Flamenco! ¡Olé! –Rebecca