Granada as a theme. A century of romantic myth
In the eighteenth century Granada began to experience an artistic decline which, except for some excellent exceptions, would continue for the next century. Although during the twentieth century Granada would not be an important artistic center, it did, however, stand out as an almost obligatory destination for artists, writers, and musicians in the first third of the century, when the first romantic travelers started to arrive. It was without doubt romantic ideas which made Granada a legend, a point of reference for all travelers on the Grand Tour, the journey that would lead them to move around the Mediterranean countries in search of new experiences. Few cities married the beauty of a natural landscape and the uniqueness of Orientalizing ruins like Granada. This combined with the character of its people, the inheritors of a legendary past which fed the imagination of travelers. Hence the landscapes would include scenes of everyday life, religious rites, or the collective celebrations that so amazed them. After the foreigners came the Spanish travelers, also attracted by the city and its legendary past, among them the now famous Mariano Fortuny. The romantic myth of Granada would last until well into the twentieth century.