Author: Courcelles, Dominique De
Publisher: Ediciones Siruela, 2020.
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In the Spain of the 15th to 17th centuries, with the great travels and the exploration of unknown worlds, a new consciousness of the earth and of time appeared, expressed through new literary and artistic representations. The world, until then closed, is transformed into an infinite universe. The art of building gardens or palaces, of narrating an experimental journey or a poetic and mystical quest, of painting landscapes and celestial glories attests to a renewal of the gaze: philosophical, alchemical, theological, political. Each object, at its scale, palace, garden, story, painting, supports a way of being of those who travel it with their body or with their eyes. The art of the princes and their architects acquires a mystical intention: to inhabit the world wonderfully, in harmony with the earth, water, air and luminous fire, is to inhabit it as it is; that is, to experience the divine presence in him, to see the world in God. Wonderfully inhabiting the world is inscribed in a geometric and mystical perspective of infinity and eternity. In this way, a Hispanic art of wonderfully inhabiting the world is elaborated that, from the Iberian Peninsula, does not stop repeating itself artistically, theologically and spiritually in the new worlds and in New Spain. The work is divided into four parts dedicated: to the palaces, gardens and spiritual dwellings from Andalusia and the Casa de Campo in Madrid to Las Moradas de Teresa de Jesús; to the wonders of the universe from Seville to Mexico; to the mystique of landscapes and natural magic; and the representation of infinity and the desire for eternity in the palace of El Escorial and The Burial of the Count of Orgaz del Greco.