Portuguese Art History Themes


Recognize, in a practical way, the Portuguese artistic creation. Understand the importance of production in the domain of decorative arts in Portugal throughout the so-called Modern Period (from the end of the Middle Ages to contemporary times). Distinguish the various moments of production of some objects produced in Portugal in that chronological period. Create the notion of the need for proximity in the analysis of works of art.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Anísio Salazar D'Eça Costa Franco


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



The prerequisites are those defined in the application notice.


Caetano, Joaquim de Oliveira, Obras-primas da arte portuguesa – Escultura, Lisboa, Athena, 2015.
Dias, Pedro, História da Arte Portuguesa no mundo (1415-1822), O Espaço do Índico e O Espaço do Atlântico, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1998 e 1999.
Lameira, Francisco, O retábulo em Portugal. Das origens ao declínio, Faro, Universidade do Algarve e Universidade de Évora, 2005.
Meco, José, O azulejo em Portugal, Lisboa, Alfa, 1989.
Pereira, Paulo, Arte Portuguesa. História essencial, Lisboa, Temas e Debates/Círculo de Leitores, 2014.
Pinto, Maria Helena e Sousa, Conceição Borges de, Mobiliário Português. Roteiro, Lisboa Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga/IPM, 2000.

Teaching method

The program will be taught in a diachronic way, each of the themes being explored from its most indented representation in the country to contemporaneity. Many classes can count on the participation of expert guests in each of these topics. The classes will have an imminently practical component being mostly taught in museums. A percentage of the classes to be defined by the teacher can be taught at a distance, by e-learnig.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Method - The evaluation will be done in two parts, with the two identical forms of presentation. It will consist of the elaboration of two written works, later presented to the class.(100%)

Subject matter

  • The arts in Portugal / Issues of artistic creation and the primacy of decorative arts in the national territory:

    • The tiles;

    • Ceramics;

    • The Retable and the carving;

    • Jewelery;

    • Furniture;

    • The arts of expansion.

  • Painting and sculpture in the Portuguese historical / artistic context:

All themes will be illustrated with visits to museums and collections of relevance for better understanding. The practical component that includes these visits will have a weight greater than 50% of the teaching hours. Thus, visits to the following museums are included:

    • National Tile Museum;

    • National Museum of Fine Arts (including possible view of the reserves);

    • São Roque Museum;

    • Convento dos Cardais;

    • Museum of Decorative Arts of the Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva Foundation.


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