Saturday, 9 May 2015

The 18th century water associated Portuguese glazed tiles, temporary exhibition at Mãe de Agua Reservoir (cont.), Lisboa - The 2nd of May 2015


After having thoroughly looked at all the glazed panels hanging on the left side arcade I took a small passage behind the fountain like cascade leading to an number steps that in turn opened up into a huge upper floor patio overlooking the noble part of the city and further onto the river Tagus in the distance.

Once back to the exhibition right side arcade I fell upon a rather interesting panel, Dance in the woods, which is said to evoke the Dutch and Flemish painting style because of having possibly been its source of inspiration.

Fairly close to the steps of the water reservoir one came across an isolated glazed tile in the shape of a figure, certainly used as the typical invitation figures placed at the main entrances to mansion gardens, patios or palace doors in the past.

One of the huge panels to be seen along that side of the arcade depicted a Chinese scene as seen by a Western artist.

One of the last huge panels depicted two moments related to the life of Saint Francis Xavier - his departure from Praça do Comércio on the way to India in 1541 and the other preachin g in Malindi, with each part of the panel bearing a Latin phrase.

I felt the exhibition was particularly well organised not only in terms of the sequence of the glazed tile panels but also in regards to the information provided underneath each panel.

Before leaving I still managed to take one last photo to the reservoir as seen from the entrance door.


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