Alonso-Pérez was born into a family of
artists in 1881 in Saragossa, a city with a richly diverse history.
Not only was it part of the Roman Empire, but it also was identified
with the first century Christian miracle of the Virgin Mary appearing
to Saint James the Great by standing atop a pillar in the town center.
Beginning in 712, it was settled by the Moors who remained there until
driven out by Christian armies four centuries later. As the central
city of Aragon, it was also a target for the invading Napoleonic army
in 1808. Such a mixture of local heritages must have offered the young
Pérez exceptional opportunities for observing the remains of many
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