In the final fourth of the eighteenth century, Mariano Sánchez journeyed around Spain to portray its main ports. The outcome of this royal commission was an exceptional series of paintings of some of Spain’s major arsenals and ports, as well as of other civil works such as bridges and towers.
Fundación Juanelo Turriano assembled a sizeable team of historians, engineers and architects to produce this book, a first-time compendium and analysis of the scenes painted by Mariano Sánchez. The paintings are the point of departure for a tour of Spanish ports during the Enlightenment, a significant period in the country’s history, when plans for reform were drawn up for many in the belief that the sea would be the source of a more prosperous future.
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