SPAIN: Granada, Cordoba and Seville.
Ten years ago I followed Scottish painter David Roberts (1796-1864) to Egypt, using his 200-year-old paintings as a guide to the Nile Valley, and a complement to my 21st century photographs. I followed Roberts again in 2008, to Jordan, using his paintings of Petra to highlight the differences in that rock city after 200 years of tourism. In 2012 I used his paintings of Rome to enhance a new gallery of that city. In July 2015 I followed Roberts to Andalucia, in southern Spain. Granada, Cordoba and Seville were Roman towns 2000 years ago. Two emperors, Trajan and Hadrian, were born there. Today they are more famous for their Moorish architecture, a legacy of 700 years under the rule of Moslem caliphs from North Africa. Granada's Alhambra, Cordoba's Mosque and Seville's Cathedral, are three of the grandest sites in Europe, and owe much of their beauty to Moorish artists and architects driven from Spain in 1492, the year Columbus discovered the new World.Read More