Virtual Book Launch: ‘From Granada to Berlin: The Alhambra Cupola’ by Anna McSweeney, Wednesday 30 September 6pm (GMT)

Presented by The Royal Asiatic Society, The Islamic Art Circle and the Friends of the Museum for Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum

If you would like to attend, please contact Matty Brealey by email: – the zoom link and password will be provided. please note that the number of attendees is limited, so early registration is advised. Please register by 28September 2020.

‘From Granada to Berlin: The Alhambra Cupola’ by Anna McSweeney

This new book by Dr Anna McSweeney – From Granada to Berlin: the Alhambra Cupola (Verlag Kettler, 2020) – tells the long history of the Alhambra palace through the prism of one of its most extraordinary survivors: the Alhambra cupola, a carved and painted Islamic ceiling from the palace which is now in the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin.

Through a close examination of the cupola, it traces the long history of the palace from its Islamic origins, to today. The loss of the cupola from Granada, its move to Berlin and the complex reasons behind this loss are central to the biography. Through a focused study with extensive new research on this unique object and the societies through which it moved, this book cuts across academic and geographic boundaries to reveal a new perspective on the legacy of Islamic art in Europe and its continuing relevance today.

From Granada to Berlin: the Alhambra Cupola is a Connecting Art Histories in the Museum publication by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, and the Max-Planck-Institut.

Dr Anna McSweeney is lecturer in medieval and Islamic art history in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

The book is available from the publisher’s website:


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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