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 was created with the aim of promoting and disseminating Spanish culture and encouraging the relations between Spain and the countries of Latin America and promoting the preservation, knowledge and dissemination of a common cultural heritage.

This initiative aims to establish a path of cultural and artistic dissemination in the American continent, focusing on monuments and works that bear witness to the presence and Muslim influence in America.

The countries involved in this itinerary are Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Guatemala.

The first phase of this Hispanic projection in America is the preparation of a catalogue-guide in order to disseminating and making known the route and the existing heritage along the route, bearing in mind that this extensive route is not limited only to Spain but also covers Portugal, the Atlantic Islands and Latin America. This Itinerary has been materialized in the work: “Synthesis of cultures. Mudéjar” and “Hispanic and American Mudéjar. Itinerarios Culturales Mexicanos” (Published by the Fundación El legado andalusí in 2004 and 2007).

In all the studies carried out, the presence of Arab-Islamic civilisation in Latin American peoples is highlighted. A legacy incorporated and transformed today due to American influences and the numerous contributions of local cultures. An Andalusi heritage that is still present in America today but transformed and recreated through successive mixings. The Cultural Itinerary of Mudejar is not limited only to architecture, but also takes into account other Muslim influences such as painting, sculpture and the useful arts, the latter including colonial furniture with Islamic roots that is present in many houses.

The Baroque Itineraries introduce a general panorama of this art in Latin America, taking into account its urbanistic, architectural and artistic aspects. The cultural synthesis that took place in Latin America was enhanced by the Baroque and gave rise to the most varied proposals of American colonial art. Combining European counter-reform ideologies with elements from the indigenous world, a series of architectural ensembles of great artistic value were created. America’s capacity for integration was manifested in this style, which brought together, under its umbrella, urban planning, architecture, sculpture, mural painting and gold and silver work.

 

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