Time Itself


During the Nasrid Dynasty, the emirs of Granada had the material and intellectual resources to turn the castle of the Alhambra into a palace without equal.

Subsequent vandalism, ignorance, and neglect have destroyed much of it, but what remains makes me wonder about what kind of people lived there.


The wall decorations do not tell stories of battles and victories. The lines of the abstract designs appear to repeat themselves forever in infinite variations.


This makes me wonder whether the artists had the flow of time itself in mind rather than particular events.


They must have likened their buildings to the plants in the gardens of the Generalife, organically growing and transforming.