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Hall of the Ambassadors, Alhambra, Granada by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
Hall of the Ambassadors, Alhambra, Granada by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

Hall of the Ambassadors, Alhambra, Granada, 1909

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

The play of light on the water and against the sun-drenched walls of the Alhambra, one of Spain's most famous buildings, was ideally suited to the artist’s mission: exploring the changing effects of light. Just as the Alhambra's architects had interwoven light and shadow, stone and water, the artist captured in paint the myriad patterns created by the architecture, water, and light. The shadows of the thin columns against the walls create a pattern reflected in the water, whose liquidity is remarkable, given the thick paint that the artist applied. The Moorish architectural style reached its ultimate refinement here, an airy fantasy that almost seems to float, despite its solid construction.

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