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By Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes has been a standard customer to Barcelona because the Nineteen Sixties and released a publication in regards to the urban in 1992 that was once fast hailed as a vintage. In Barcelona the good Enchantress, Hughes crafts a extra own story of his approximately forty-year love affair with the Spanish city, some of the most brilliant and interesting towns in Europe.

Beginning with a shiny description of his marriage ceremony within the well suited medieval ceremonial chamber in Barcelona's urban corridor, Hughes launches right into a full of life account of the heritage, artwork, and structure of the storied urban. He tells of architectural treasures abounding in 14th-century Barcelona, setting up it as certainly one of Europe's nice Gothic towns, whereas Madrid used to be hardly ever greater than a cluster of huts. town spawned such nice artists as Antoni Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Casals. Hughes's deep wisdom of town is evident—but it truly is his own reflections of what Barcelona, its humans, and its storied historical past and tradition have intended to him over the a long time that units Barcelona the good Enchantress except all others' books.

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