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Antonio Urquízar-Herrera

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797456.001.0001

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Historical Dislocation and Antiquarian Appropriation

Historical Dislocation and Antiquarian Appropriation

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(p.69) 4 Historical Dislocation and Antiquarian Appropriation
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Admiration and Awe
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Antonio Urquízar-Herrera

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797456.003.0005

Chapter 4 provides a general explanation of the early modern creation of an antiquarian historical interpretation framework for Islamic buildings. Seventeenth-century Rodrigo Caro’s description of Seville ‘Arab stones’, included in his book Antigüedades y principado de la ilustríssima ciudad de Sevilla (1634), provides a valuable example that is used to introduce this historiographical turn. Upon this case, the antiquarian treatment of Spanish Islamic buildings is compared with other contemporary genres of writing dealing with Islamic architecture (traveller’s books, pilgrims’ books, geographical descriptions, etc.), as well as with other national antiquarian traditions (Italy, England). This is done in order to obtain a clarification of the ideological basis of the historical dislocation of these monuments from a coetaneous perception to their anachronic connection to the time of the ancient history of the nation.

Keywords:   Rodrigo Caro, Seville Giralda, antiquarianism, antiquarian collecting, chorographies, travel writing, anachronic Renaissance

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