"This book opens up the great age of Spanish and Portuguese sculpture, painting, architecture and the decorative arts. An array of arts from the Peninsula and Hispanic America of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from the time of the Reconquest of Granada to the decline of the Habsburg dynasty in Spain, are presented here." "The book also discusses Spain's cultural relationships with the rest of Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly Britain, and explores the ambivalent ways in which Spanish art was viewed and received. Often prejudiced ideas about Spanish Catholicism and culture led to a biased understanding of Iberian arts. This view also affected the Spaniards' own view of their arts and traditions, and also the way in which the art of Spain is perceived today by others."--BOOK JACKET.Trusted, Marjorie is the author of 'The Arts of Spain: Iberia and Latin America, 1450-1700', published 2007 under ISBN 9780271033372 and ISBN 0271033371.