Brown Fellow, Dr. Antonio Momplet delivered a talk entitled, "The Art of Islamic Spain: Beyond the Middle Ages, Beyond the Iberian Peninsula at the Lytle Room of the University Archives on Monday, October 24th
Granada, the last Muslim kingdom in Spain, succumbed to the armies of Castile and Aragon in 1492, ending an 800-year period in which al-Andalus, as Muslim Spain was known to its inhabitants, had been the home of the most vibrant and sophisticated culture in Europe. By the end of the 15th century, Hispano-Muslim culture had been so deeply absorbed by the whole of the Iberian Peninsula that its imprint on the language, cuisine, architecture, and visual culture of Spain was indelible. Even during the Middles Ages, the fruits of Andalusian intellectual and material culture overflowed Spain’s borders, and, long after the fall of Granada, continued to do so in surprising ways. Though the palaces and mosques, silks and ivories, songs, poems, and treatises of al-Andalus now belong to the world of museums and academic specialists, Professor Momplet show us that, from English castles to suburban American shopping malls, the art of Islamic Spain has a long habit of smiling when and where one least expects it.