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Barcelona the Great Enchantressby Robert Hughes
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Beginning with a vivid description of his wedding in the splendid medieval ceremonial chamber in Barcelona's city hall, Hughes launches into a lively account of the history, art, and architecture of the storiedcity. He tells of architectural treasures abounding in 14th-century Barcelona, establishing it as one of Europe's great Gothic cities, while Madrid was hardly more than a cluster of huts. The city spawned such greatartists as Antoni Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Casals. Hughes's deep knowledge of the city is evident--but it's his personal reflections of what Barcelona, its people, and its storiedhistory and culture have meant to him over the decades that sets Barcelona the Great Enchantress apart from all others' books.
A frequent visitor who has been going to Barcelona regularly for nearly forty years offers a personal chronicle of the city, from his explanations of fourteenth-century architectural treasures to the years leading up to and beyond the 1992 Summer Olympics. Reprint.
About the Author
Robert Hughes was the long time critic for Time Magazine. He is the author of many books, including the best-selling Fatal Shore and his recent, critically acclaimed memoir Things I Didn't Know, as well as the originator and narrator of the highly acclaimed PBS television series Shock of the New and American Visions. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Hughes lives in New York City.
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