Art and Culture 

The Hearth: from Brazier to Stove

Luis Fernández-Galiano 

Santiago Rusiñol, La novela romántica, 1894

Fire, even confined to braziers or hidden in stoves, preserves its archaic lure. The primitive hut is bound to the first bonfire; there is no construction without combustion. The link is functional and symbolic: fire makes the house livable, warming and giving it a center. Fire, ancient soul of the hearth, is in the rites of domestic foundation like a spark that lights up and animates the inert body of the house...

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