The Golden Age of the Portuguese Art

By Teresa Desterro

The era of Portuguese Discoveries, particularly the first half of the Sixteenth century, stands as a beacon of brilliance and innovation in Portuguese art. Reigning during this epoch, King Manuel I (1495-1521) fostered an unprecedented surge in artistic expression. As the kingdom expanded, the discovery of sea routes to India and Brazil cemented Portuguese dominance in maritime trade. Lisbon emerged as a bustling European hub, a nexus of navigation, commerce, and culture, attracting sailors, merchants, poets, and artists alike. This cosmopolitan milieu incubated fresh ideas and spurred creative growth.
The kingdom’s prosperity fueled the flourishing of Portuguese culture and art, rendering this period a zenith in Portuguese artistic achievement. In our presentation, we embark on a brief exploration of some of the masterpieces of Portuguese art during this Golden Age.
Maria Teresa Desterro, an Art Historian and lecturer in Art History at the Polytechnic University of Tomar since 1998, holds a Ph.D. in History of Art from the College of Humanities at Lisbon University. She earned her Master’s degree in History of Art from the College of Humanities at Coimbra University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the same institution.
Desterro is a distinguished member of the National Academy of Fine Arts and a full member researcher at CIEBA (Centre for Research and Studies in Fine Arts), an R&D unit of Lisbon University, as well as a collaborative researcher at Techn&Art, an R&D unit of the Polytechnic University of Tomar.
She is the author of several books and numerous papers exploring Portuguese Art of the Modern Age and serves as the Adjunct Director of the magazine “Ideário do Património.”

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