Nowadays, flamenco is a differential cultural artefact of Andalucia, recognized and treasured throughout the world, but when we talk about the ‘arte Andaluz’ we talk about much more besides.
The art of Andalucia encompasses painting, sculpture, writing, poetry, film and television, and even humour. Andalucia’s role in the world of Spanish art is fundamental, and great schools and styles of art and representation have their origin in our community.
Great names that took the art of Andalucia out into the world are Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, Diego de Velázquez, Zurbarán and Murillo, Federico García Lorca and Rafael Alberti, and the great Málaga genius, Pablo Ruiz Picasso.
But the ‘arte Andaluz’ also refers to the idiosyncrasies of its people, to their cheer, perhaps the fruit of the number of hours of sunshine in Andalucia, or the enlightening influence of the centuries when it was a zone of confluence between cultures that opened our culture to the world.