One of the greatest artistic influences of Spain came from the Catholic Church during the Early Medieval Period. The art and learning that came about during this period was mostly due to the request of the Church. "The mass was created and with it the music of the church. Art was used to decorate the churches, both statues and, later, stained glass windows."
Along with the Catholic Church, the Muslims of Granada greatly influenced Spanish art. Their greatest contribution of this period was the Alhambra which came as an "architectural wonder." "Inside the many buildings and gardens that make up the Alhambra, the Islamic love of geometrical designs is seen in the beautiful carved stone ceilings, window grates, wall panels, and other decorative pieces."
(History of Creativity, 307, 507)