Barcelona the Great Enchantress

Barcelona the Great Enchantress

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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 storied city. 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 great artists 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 storied history and culture have meant to him over the decades that sets Barcelona the Great Enchantress apart from all others' books.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 124.46 x 190.5 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • National Geographic Society
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • ill
  • 1426201311
  • 9781426201318
  • 221,642

Review quote

"Time magazine art critic Hughes writes a passionate love song to his chosen place; this book provides an eloquent introduction to Catalan culture and cuisine while whetting the traveler's appetite for the glories of a great world city." Star Tribune (Minneapolis) "By turns funny, cutting and magisterial." San Francisco Chronicle"show more

About Robert Hughes

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.show more