Event: Puerta Vilchez lecture at the V&A (London, 19 June 2014)

Puerta Vilchez lecture at the V&A:
Evening Lecture and Reception

José Miguel Puerta Vílchez
Qurtuba/Córdoba: Monumentality and artistic sensibility in al-Andalus

Thursday 19 June 2014, 7pm
Seminar Room Three, Learning Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London


The patronage of the Umayyad caliphs of al-Andalus (Muslim-ruled Spain) created one of the highpoints of classical Islam. The splendour of their court culture outshone the rest of Europe in the 10th century. Exceptional objects and buildings survive as bearers of a deep artisanal wisdom, profoundly significant on a conceptual and iconographic level. This lecture will focus on the high level of aesthetic self-awareness in the contemporary Arabic sources and among the masters, patrons and craftsmen of these works of art.

José Miguel Puerta Vílchez is Professor of the Theory and History of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Granada. The lecture will be introduced by Eduardo López Busquets, Director General of Casa Árabe. Please note this lecture will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation.

Admission is free but booking is required. To reserve a place please email

Doors open at 18.30 and the lecture is followed by a reception.

Please enter the Museum by the Secretariat Gate. You will be escorted through the building to the Seminar Room.

Wheelchair access: please contact 020 7942 2324 in advance
Enquiries: 020 7942 2324

This lecture is organised in collaboration with Casa Árabe.


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