“The painter, the true painter, will be he who can wring from contemporary life its epic aspect and make us see and understand, with color or in drawing, how great and poetic we are in our cravats and our polished boots.” -- Charles Baudelaire
Hall of the Two Sisters (Muqarnas Dome), Palace of the Lions. Granada, Spain. (1354-1391)
The muqarnas of this famous dome are slender forms resembling stalactites that project from the ceiling and reflect and capture sunlight, filling the palace and resembling “the heavenly spheres whose orbits revolve” (Ibn Zamrak, court poet).
The palace is named after the courtyard fountain with its marble lions. A beautiful architectural work consisting of several gardens and courtyards, it was built, like the dome, to bring to mind an image of heaven.