Portuguese Art History II
Cod: 31029
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Arts and Heritage
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit introduces the main themes of artistic debate in modern and contemporary Portugal. It aims at distinguishing the important moments of Portuguese art history in a broad and diachronic perspective, such as the essential works, authors and artistic contexts from the 16th to 20th centuries.

  1. Proto-Baroque
  2. Baroque
  3. Neoclassicism
  4. Contemporary Art

In the end, students are expected to be able to
• discuss the main development lines of different movements and artistic contexts in Portugal between the 16th and 19th centuries;
• understand and recognize art as a social fact within a historical duration;
• read a monument and work of art, placing it in space and time;
• identify the work of art as an artistical document.

Introduction. Conjunctures and notions.
• Definition of Mannerism.
• Architecture and Ornament
• Classicism, Mannerism and 'Chão' style.
2. 17th century:
• Restauration architecture; Emergence of new images
• Baroque architecture: the North and the South;
4 EARTHQUAKE. Rococo and 'Pombalismo'
• Architecture, Painting and Sculpture.
6.TODAY AND TOMORROW Modernity tracks: Portuguese art in the 20th century.

Paulo PEREIRA; Arte Portuguesa, Círculo dos Leitores, Temas e Debates, Lisboa 2011 ( capítulos 10 a 16 pp. 508 a 871)
Bibliografia complementar
Vítor SERRÃO, História da Arte Portuguesa – O Barroco, Lisboa, Ed. Presença, 2003.
José-Augusto FRANÇA, História da Arte Portuguesa – O Pombalismo e o Romantismo, Lisboa, Ed. Presença, 2004.
José-Augusto FRANÇA, História da Arte Portuguesa – O Modernismo, Lisboa, Ed. Presença, 2004


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.