The Mudejar and Neo-Moorish Styles:  Islamic Influence on Western Architecture with Tiago Neiva

The Mudejar and Neo-Moorish Styles: Islamic Influence on Western Architecture with Tiago Neiva


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Join historian Tiago Neiva to explore the artistic and architectural history of the Iberian Peninsula. Learn how the construction techniques and artistic style of the Mudéjar, the assimilated Muslim population post-Christian reconquest, have had a lasting influence on Spain and Portugal’s art and architecture. See how the Neo-Moorish revival in the twentieth century connects back to Iberia’s early political and artistic history.

The Iberian peninsula, contested for centuries, was dominated by Muslim rulers from North Africa for nearly 700 years. The aesthetic influences of this long history are still evident in Spain and Portugal today. After the fall of Al-Andalus, Muslims were allowed to remain in the territory despite the dramatic changes to religious, political and military life under the new Christian kings. These Mudéjars, or Muslims who maintained their faith and traditions, created a unique artistic style in the Medieval period. A confluence of Christian and Islamic styles, Mudéjar art has left a lasting impression on the history of art and architecture. We will explore churches, convents, and palaces that best express this unique aesthetic.

Centuries later, in the wake of the Romanticist fascination with the Oriental world and the search for exotic influences, a Neo-Moorish revival took hold across Europe and the Americas. Drawing on the architectural style of the Mudéjar, architects and designers employ the Islamic aesthetic in all kinds of buildings in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A parallel revival movement occurs in the Iberian Peninsula, creating what is known today as the Neo-Mudéjar style.

Led by an expert on Architecture and Art History, Tiago Miranda Neiva, this interactive seminar will explore the history of Islamic art and architecture in the Iberian Peninsula and compare this to the Neo-Moorish revival in the Western world. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better knowledge of the rich legacy of Islamic architecture throughout modern history.

Tiago Miranda Neiva was born and raised in Lisbon. For several years he was Professor of Arts and Art History, having a Master's degree in Teaching of Visual Arts. He is currently working towards a PhD focused on the Art and Architecture of al-Andalus: the confluence between the Arab, Jewish and Christian medieval world. In recent years he has been working as a tour guide in his hometown, seeking to show and reveal its most intimate secrets through an authentic and passionate local vision.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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