Portuguese Art History I
Cod: 31028
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Art History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit discusses the main themes for understanding the artistical phenomenon in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It will emphasise the characterization of the more relevant works of art and the socio-cultural context in which they were created, in order to better understand the fundamental elements defining the Portuguese arts framing from the 12th to the 16th century. The study of architecture, sculpture and painting will be privileged, whereas there is a specific course for the Decorative Arts.

  1. Romanesque
  2. Gothic
  3. Renaissance
  4. Mannerism

• Reading and interpreting a monument or art object, situating it in space and time;
• Recognising the main artistical trends in Portugal between the 12th and 16th centuries;
• Featuring works of art from each of the artistical periods in their historical and aesthetic dimension.

1. Brief introduction to the study of Portuguese Art History I
2. The Roman and the Gothic: Religious architecture: episcopal and parochial; Military and civil architecture; Sculpture: decoration and devotion; Funerary sculpture; Painting and illumination.
3. The Renaissance: The Manueline: issues on Portuguese architecture between the late Gothic and the Renaissance; The triumph of Classicism; Sculpture: Flanders vs. Italy; The Imaginária; Regional workshops; Funnerary sculpture; The sixteenth woodcarven; Court painting; Regional workshops.
4. The Mannerism: Mannerisma and 'chão' style; The Italian ‘Prima Maniera’; The generations of Mannerist painters; Illumination: from Manueline to Mannerism.

PEREIRA, Paulo, Arte Portuguesa- História essencial, Lisboa, Temas e Debates, 2011. [caps.6-11]


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.