Figurative Arts in the Portuguese Orient


To know and to understand the Portuguese presence in Asia during the 16th-18th centuries, the different geographical, political, social and religious stages and the figurative arts resulting from the contacts established and the interactions with different civilizations, in particular:
a) Understand the heterogeneity of the Portuguese or luso-asiatic presence and the artistic phenomena associated with it;
b) Understand and analyse some tipologies that can be understood as paradigmatic of this universe;
c) Integrate the subject in general cultural and artistic themes;
d) Use critically some of the operating concepts;
e) Reflect on the methodological characteristics of the study of an artistic corpus with European referents, but generated overseas.

General characterization





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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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As Artes Decorativas e a Expansão Portuguesa: Imaginário e Viagem. Actas do 20º Colóquio de Artes Decorativas: 10º Simpósio Internacional. Lisboa: ESAD, 2010.
BAILEY, Gauvin Alexander; MASSING, Jean Michel; SILVA, Nuno Vassalo e, Marfins no Império Português/Ivories in the Portuguese Empire. Lisboa: Scribe, 2013.
MOREIRA Rafael; CURVELO, Alexandra, “A Circulação das Formas. Artes Portáteis, Arquitectura e Urbanismo”. História da expansão portuguesa. Vol.2: Do Índico ao Atlântico, 1570-1697. Dir. Francisco Bethencourt; Kirti Chaudhuri. Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores, 1998, p.532-570.
MOREIRA, Rafael, “Cultura Material e Visual”. História da expansão portuguesa. Vol.1: A formação do império, 1415-1570. Dir. Francisco Bethencourt; Kirti Chaudhuri. Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores, 1998, p.455-486.

Teaching method

Theoretical-practical, using images and texts.

Evaluation method

Accordingly, the final evaluation will consist on a paper to be discussed in a theoretical session (40%) and in an individual work, to be presented in writing and orally (60%).

Subject matter

I) State of the art.
II) Presentation and reflection on concepts, terms and grids of analysis.
III) Contexts of the Portuguese presence in Asia.
IV) Figurative arts: visuality, meaning and materiality.
V) Networks, agents, circuits, commissions, receptions, consumption.