Patio de la Mezquita, Alhambra, Granada

Juan Laurent French

Not on view

During thirty-five years of operation in Madrid, beginning in the late 1850s, Laurent’s firm produced some twenty thousand photographs—a vast pictorial archive of Spanish art and architecture. In this small courtyard of the Alhambra Palace, Laurent found all the necessary ingredients for a picture—a lively play of patterns and texture in the intricate plasterwork and tiles; a broad composition of forms and voids in the wall surfaces, doors, windows, and shutters; and a seldom reproduced aspect of an important historical and artistic site.

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