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The bolero in Granada

  • The bolero in Granada. Casa de los Tiros Museum - Museum of Popular Art and Traditions. Granada © Ministerio de Cultura

    The bolero in Granada. Casa de los Tiros Museum - Museum of Popular Art and Traditions. Granada © Ministerio de Cultura






Original title

El bolero en Granada
Casa de los Tiros Museum
Granada, Andalusia

Trendy dance in a privileged setting

This engraving is testimony to the constant interest for depictions of everyday popular and traditional customs since the early 19th century.

It shows people dancing the bolero against the backdrop of a somewhat fantasised Alhambra in Granada. The scene contains all the features of this style known as "costumbrismo" in Andalusia, which went on to become extremely popular. The large group are all dressed in the imperial fashion of the early 19th century, and includes guitar players, women in traditional dress known as "majas", a friar, and in the background there are even two figures, knife in hand, engaged in a fight. All this takes place in an open gallery with views in the distance over parts of the Nasrid fortress. The bolero originated in the 18th century, and was a dance for one or two people. Its popularity spread rapidly, overtaking other traditional dances. In the theatre the custom was for performances to be accompanied by bolero dancing in the interval or at the end.

Details of the work


Height = 395 mm; Width = 498 mm

Engraved and coloured


Engraver: Godefroy


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