Tile painters

Gabriel del Barco. Igreja de Santiago, Évora.

Gabriel del Barco (1648-c.1701)

Gabriel del Barco was responsible for creating monumental sets of blue and white figurative tiles in the last decade of the 17th century. All of these works are characterized by a complex iconographic discourse, with an enormous effort to articulate the decorative panels tiles in the architecture.

António de Oliveira Bernardes. Igreja da Misericódia de Évora.

António de Oliveira Bernardes (1662-1732)

With an erudite education and a multifaceted career, António de Oliveira Bernardes is the great tile painter of the 18th century. The tiles for the church of the convent of São João Evangelista and the church of Misericórdia de Évora are among the most important works.

Madragoa Pottery. Panorama de Lisboa. Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

The Madragoa Pottery (1712-1785)

The production of tiles in the Madragoa Pottery went through three generations, beginning with the master potter Bernardo Francisco (1677-1743), followed by his son Francisco de Sales (1707-1763), and by his grandson, the tile painter Veríssimo Xavier de Sales (1736-act.1772).

Nicolau de Freitas. Claustro de São Francisco de Salvador, Bahía.
Nicolau de Freitas (1703-1765)

The tiles in the lower cloister of the convent of São Francisco da Bahía are one of the main works of the painter Nicolau de Freitas. The painter, trained in the workshop of António de Oliveira Bernardes, also benefited from the partnership with the master tiler Bartolomeu Antunes to become one of the most respected in Lisbon and the highest-paid tile painter in the second quarter of the 18th century.

Valentim de Almeida. Colégio do Espírito Santo, Évora.
Valentim de Almeida (1692-1779)

The painter Valentim de Almeida led a long career spanning several decades, with a large production. He was also responsible for the training of several collaborators such as Sebastião Gomes Ferreira and his son Sebastião de Almeida (1727-1779). In partnership with Nicolau de Freitas and the tiler Bartolomeu Antunes, he joined the Grande Oficina (1740-1753).

Great Lisbon Workshop. Quinta dos Marqueses de Pombal, Oeiras.
The Great Lisbon Workshop (1740-1769)

The Great Lisbon Workshop was a society of painters and potteries created by the activity of the master tiler Bartolomeu Antunes (1688-1753), whose main objective was to supply all the tile works on the royal villas and palaces.

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