Cultural Itinerary of the Ibero-American Mudejar and Baroque


Overall map of the Cultural Itinerary of the Ibero-American Mudejar and Baroque

The Cultural Itinerary of the Mudejar of El legado andalusí is born with the intention of disseminating the Spanish culture, to promote the relations between Spain and the Hispano-American countries, together with the preservation, the knowledge and the dissemination of a common cultural patrimony.

This initiative has as a main aim to establish the layout of a cultural road, to disseminate the Spanish cultural and artistic patrimony, focusing on the monuments and works which serve as the testimony of the Moslem presence and influence in America.

The countries included are Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico (U.S.A), Cuba, Santo Domingo, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina y Guatemala.

This American scope will be structured ,in a first phase , by creating a guide-catalogue complete enough so as to be able to disseminate and to inform about the layout and the patrimony included all along the itinerary, always taking into account that the wide tour does not only refers to Spain , but also to Portugal, the Atlantic Islands and Ibero-America. This Itinerary has been compiled in works as:“Synthesis of Cultures: the Mudejar”and “Hispano Mudejar and American Mudejar. Mexican Cultural Itineraries”. (Edit. Fundación El legado andalusí, 2004 y 2007).

Through all the researches that have been made, every study reveals and emphasizes the presence of the Hispano-Moslem civilization in the Ibero-American towns and cities. It is about a legacy which has been integrated in the local culture and nowadays transformed due to the American influences as well as the many contributions from the local cultures. It is a legacy of al-Andalus that is still present in America nowadays, although transformed and recreated through the many and successive crossbreeding.
The Cultural Itinerary of the Mudejar does not deal solely with architecture; it also takes into account other Moslem survivals like painting, sculpture and the “useful arts” including in this section the colonial furniture which has its roots in Arabic style, present in many houses.

The Cultural Itineraries of the Baroque show a general view of this art in Ibero-America regarding its urban, architectonic and artistic aspects. The cultural synthesis that took place in Ibero-America was enhanced by the Baroque style and gave as a result the most varied proposals to the American colonial art. By means of the combination of the European ideologies of the Counter-Reformation with the native world elements, there were created a series of architectonic ensembles of a great artistic value. The America of integration was clearly shown through this style, which united under its protection town planning, architecture, sculpture, mural, and godl/silversmithing.


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