The Art Of Spain – BBC4

I know it’s a visual arts thing and all, but the treatment of flamenco could have been a little less daft, just for me. The influence of the Gitano on Picasso is fairly common knowledge, after all.
Nevertheless, the apparent fact that there isn’t much in the way of visual art by nomads and exiles did make an interesting point by default.
The overwhelming profusion of Moorish and Catholic decorative religious art and the ‘fear’ of empty spaces he talked about are just Life (profusion) and Death (blankness) surely? Proof that the work of God was indeed everywhere possible.
And the quote from the Quoran was interesting. If there is only one god and everything is god, then surely territorial claims, such as the claim that Andalucia should be ‘returned’ to Islamic rule, are blasphemy. Its occupation by the Infidel is merely God’s will. As in fact are apparent heresies like Evolution and Modern Astrophysics.
Maybe, maybe not.

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