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Guests enjoy coffee on the patio and the pleasures of a garden planted along the city’s medieval fortifications. Imagine if these 15th-century walls could talk. See p. 213. com): Near the fabled cathedral, this hotel boasts a rooftop terrace with unmatched views of the Andalusian capital. A private villa that dates from the 1840s, the Doña María has a swimming pool ringed with garden-style lattices and antique wrought-iron railings. Guest rooms are uniquely designed with tasteful Iberian antiques.
20TH CENTURY Spain became an artistic hotbed again at the turn of the 20th century—even if Barcelona’s own Picasso moved to Paris. Though both movements were born in France, Spanish artists were key in developing cubism and surrealism. Cubists, including Spaniards Picasso and Gris, accepted that the canvas is flat and painted objects from all points of view at once, rather than using optical tricks like perspective to fool viewers into seeing three dimensions; the effect is a fractured, imploded look.
Significant artists include Pedro Berruguete (1450–1504), court painter to Ferdinand and Isabella; Alonso Berruguete (1488–1561), Pedro’s talented son who was not only court painter to Charles V, but also the greatest native sculptor in Spain; and El Greco (1540–1614), Spain’s most significant Renaissance artist from Crete, known for his broodingly dark colors, crowded compositions, eerily elongated figures, and a mystical touch. Toledo’s churches and Casa y Museo de El Greco retain many of El Greco’s works, as does Madrid’s Museo del Prado.