Muqarnas and the Palace of the Lions

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I will examine the muqarnas in the Palace of the Lions in the Alhambra Palace Complex. It will detail the history of the use of muquarnas, including where they came from, the different types, and the materials used.   It will discuss their possible symbolic representation, as well as defining their geometry and radial symmetry. Lastly, this paper will compare the use of muqarnas in the Alhambra to other examples in Al-Andalus.

Sources thus far:

Ayora-Cañada, Maria Jose, Ana Dominguez-Vidal, Maria Jose de la Torre-Lopez, Ramon Rubio-Domene. 2012. In Situ Noninvasive Raman Microspectroscopic Investigation of Polychrome Plasterworks in the Alhambra. In Analyst: 24. Accessed April 1, 2013. DOI:10.1039/C2AN36027F.

Dold-Samplonius, Yvonne and Silvia L. Harmsen. 2005. The Muqarnas Plate Found at Takht-I Sulayman: A New Interpretation. In Muqarnas Volume XXII: An Annual on Islamic Art and Architecture. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

Jeffrey, R. Brooks. 2003. From Azulejos to Zaguanes: The Islamic Legacy in the Built Environment of Hispano-America. In Journal of the Southwest, Vol. 45, No. 1/2, Architecture (Spring – Summer), pp. 289-327.

Notkin, I.I. 1995. Decoding Sixteenth-Century Muqarnas Drawings. In Muqarnas Volume XII: An Annual on Islamic Art and Architecture. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

Robinson, Cynthia. 2008. Marginal Ornament: Poetics, Mimesis, and Devotion in the Palace of the Lions. In Muqarnas Volume XXV: An Annual on Islamic Art and Architecture. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

Tabbaa, Yasser. 1985. The Muqarnas Dome: Its Origin and Meaning. In Muqarnas III: An Annual on Islamic Art and Architecture. Oleg Grabar, ed. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

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