Intro, week: Do you feel like traveling? I feel like traveling. Let’s hear it for vicarious travel.
Intro, today: Blog contributor & globetrotter Amy Vanderryn has once again come up aces [Archives]. Welcome Amy.
According to Amy, “It’s a very important part of Portugal’s history and one their people take with them when they have neighborhoods in other countries. Many many buildings are tiled all up the outside etc – it’s everywhere. Now they even have stick on ones so people can make their stuff look like it (so my friend says).”
General story on tiles, this is one of the illustrations. BBC, The story behind Lisbon’s beauty
“‘O Casamento da Galinha’ (The Chicken’s Wedding) – this is the most enigmatic tile panel in the museum, and perhaps of all time. Created in 1665, it depicts a chicken in a carriage on its way to a ceremony…” If you go over to this blog, click on the painting for the full caption. Dom and Jo’s travel adventures – Portugal 2016, Lisboa – Museu Nacional do Azulejo
A general article on tiles that I scanned briefly before the site asked me to register, this is the lead illustration. The Economist, Art Squared
“The habit of portraying your life through images you have approved has been around for centuries … António commissioned the seven panels … for his manor house on his estate in Póvoa de Santo Adrião, a small village on the northern outskirts of Lisboa. It was here he also built his hat factory. Becky in Portugal, The story of the milliner
“As opposed to the customary working methods of Portuguese azulejo painters, these panels were painted directly with no reference to engraved iconographic sources.”
Google Arts & Culture, The hat maker panels
“This tile panel depicting the t(h)reshing of wheat using animals originally covered the wall of a bakery in Lisbon.” Museum With No Frontiers, Tile panel ‘The Threshing of Wheat’
“The 20th century is represented by works produced by … Jorge Barradas …”
Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Explore the MNAz, Portuguese Tiles
Plus two spotted in the wild:
Atlas Obscura, Sao Bento Station. Be sure to scroll through the slide show at the top of the page. I was particularly taken with the wide shot of the lobby. Tiles everywhere.
This is making me want to go to Lisbon.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo National Tile Museum website. Border color from here.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo – English
VisitLisboa, National Tile Museum
BePortugal, Tiles in Lisbon: The History and Tradition of Our Iconic Art