Organised by the Edinburgh Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Nights in the gardens of Spain: the magic of the Alhambra

Lecture | Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Monday 25 January 2016 - 18:00 until 20:00

The annual Winter lecture for the Art Fund Edinburgh Committee will be held on 25 January 2016. The speaker will be Professor Robert Hillenbrand.

Professor Robert Hillenbrand was educated at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford (D.Phil. 1974); he has been teaching at the Department of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh since 1971 and was awarded a chair of Islamic art in 1989. Professor Hillenbrand retired in December 2007 but is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES).

His travels have taken him throughout the Islamic world. He has held visiting professorships at Princeton, UCLA, Bamberg , Dartmouth College and Groningen . He has written books on Imperial Images in Persian Painting, Islamic Architecture in North Africa (co-author), Islamic Art and Architecture , The Architecture of Ottoman Jerusalem . An Introduction, Studies in Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture (2 volumes.) and the prize-winning Islamic Architecture. Form, Function and Meaning (translated into Persian in 1998). He has also published some 120 articles on aspects of Islamic art and architecture. His scholarly interests focus on Islamic architecture, painting and iconography, with particular reference to Iran and to Umayyad Syria.

Pre-lecture drinks are served at 6pm and the lecture commences at 7pm.

This event has been organised by the Edinburgh Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

National Galleries of Scotland, The Mound, EH2 2EL

Entry details

£25 (includes drinks on arrival and lecture)

To book, please contact Helen Ruthven on or call 0131 226 7489

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