Researching the Alhambra Palace

The Alhambra Palace was home to Spain’s last Muslim rulers, the Nasrid dynasty (1238-1492), and remains one of the finest examples of Nasrid architecture and plasterwork in situ.

The V&A teamed up with conservators and researchers at the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain and the Louvre in Paris, France to investigate this important collection of Islamic Art, focusing on architectural plasterwork and Nasrid ceramics, as well as 19th century photographs of the Palace. This series of films follows their progress, with interviews from experts working on the ground in Granada and behind the scenes here at the V&A.

Curators and conservators from our Middle East and Sculpture departments discuss the project’s objectives, with Ramon Rubio Domene, chief conservator of plasterwork and ceramics at the Alhambra Palace.

Experts in historical photography of the Alhambra reveal how the Palace became one of the most photographed buildings in the world, and discuss the relevance of the photographic archives held at the V&A.

Alhambra Palace archaeologist Eva Moreno Leon illustrates the technical study of some significant examples of Nasrid ceramics.

What are the origins of the V&A's Alhambra collection? Mariam Rosser-Owen, Senior Curator in our Middle East department, explores some of the most interesting Nasrid ceramics held at the V&A.

Discover how the Alhambra Palace is pioneering the conservation and research of Islamic plasterwork.

Victor Borges, Senior Sculpture Conservator at the V&A, discusses our Alhambra collection and the new discoveries which have increased our understanding of their materials, techniques, history and provenance.