Intersecting polylobed arcades of Andalusia, whether in structural actuality or as ornamental designs, have been taken as geometric exercises within the setting of Umayyad and Taifa period productions, or later as markers of superior ‘Moorish’ craftsmanship whether on Iberian or Moroccan soil. This talk proposes cognitive recall and the arts of memory as a source for the genesis of Cordoba’s famous intersecting polylobed arcades. Preparatory work for the study has been carried out with the Digital Media Design group of the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Renata Holod is professor in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information or questions about this event, please email Glaire Anderson.