Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Miguel Cervantes, Antonio Banderas, Plácido Domingo – the list of world-famous Spanish names can be continued endlessly. Many people who have become famous and even changed the world art – artists, musicians, poets, sculptors, writers and actors – have created in Spain. The country is fruitful for creative people who once lived here and are living here today. Can Spain be called a Mecca for creative people? Or, nevertheless, for the United States with their Hollywood and Broadway such a comparison is more fair? What makes Spain one of the countries where creative people find their Muse? Let’s try to figure it out.
It is difficult to overestimate Spain’s contribution to the world’s cultural heritage. The Spanish have reached great heights in literature, music, painting, sculpture and more! In all areas of creativity and fine arts there are talented Spaniards, whose names have become known all over the world. Some of these people are not just famous for their talents, but also changed the art, were innovators in their work.
Sculpture and painting
The names of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya, El Greco, Diego Velázquez have great weight in the world of sculpture and painting. Picasso is called the core phenomenon in the development of 20th century art, the beginning of modern art. And Salvador Dali’s works became so famous that even people far from painting recognize them. The magnificent nature of Spain is the inspiration of the painters. Perhaps it was what these outstanding people saw before them that helped them to create works of art that have become iconic and priceless to this day. And when you’re in Spain, you can see the originals of these works.
Architecture and design
Antonio Gaudi is a famous architect who gave the world an amazing style called national modernism. He was called a wizard, tried to copy, studied and inspired by him. Thanks to Gaudi Barcelona, where he is worshipped to this day, has found its unique shape, and the world – a new look at the design of architecture. And here, too, there is nature, because it is its beauty that Gaudi wanted to bring and reflect in architecture. Gaudi is not the only name in this field. Santiago Calatrava, Luis Montaner, Patricia Urquiola and other prominent people are also known in architectural circles around the world.
Opera singers Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and singer Monserrat Caballé are representatives of the classical genre, whose names have been admired by many artists in this field. Julio and Henrique Iglesias became famous on the world stage, and the guitarist Paco de Lucia made flamenco famous all over the planet. There are many music education institutions in Spain, which are listed all over the world, giving new names.
Actors Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Antonio Banderas have brought Spanish passion to world cinema and created the same stereotype of courageous Spaniards and charming Spaniards. They followed a generation of Sarah Montiel and Mario Casasa, who were well known to filmmakers all over the world a few decades ago and who once reached an equally high fame. And director Piedro Almodóvar reflected in his movies the favorite theme of “fatal love”, inherent to the Spanish mentality. Considered a classic of Spanish cinema, Luis Buñuel, directed by Alejandro Amenabar, is also widely known among film enthusiasts.
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