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Matisse at the Alhambra, Andalusia.

Some years ago, Henri Matisse’s signature was discovered in the visitors’ book at the Nasrid monument, showing that he had visited the Alhambra in December 1910 during his trip to Andalusia when he was 41. To commemorate the centenary of that visit, the Granada Museum of Fine Arts, housed in the Palace of Charles V in the Alhambra complex, is holding an exhibition of his works. The exhibition, ‘Matisse and the Alhambra’, contains around 100 exhibits, including 34 oils, drawings and lithographs and one of the painter’s sculptures.

Also on show are the artist’s letters, postcards and personal photographs and works of Islamic art, from ceramics to tapestries and miniatures. The exhibition is running until the end of this month so art lovers are still just in time to see Matisse’s colourful works and personal effects in spectacular surroundings.

Granada’s Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of ‘Al-Andalus’. It is the jewel in the crown of what was to be 700 years of Muslim rule in most of Spain. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as housing the country's most important Islamic architecture, the Alhambra is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions. Don't miss this opportunity to view the harmony of two different cultures from two different eras.

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