Medieval and Early Modern Art Studies

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Integrated members

Jorge Rodrigues

Jorge Rodrigues – PI

Isabel Mendonça

Isabel Mendonça

Pedro Flor

Pedro Flor

Alexandra Curvelo

Hélder Carita

Hélder Carita

Joana Ramôa Melo

Joana Ramôa Melo

Maria João Pereira Coutinho

Maria João Pereira Coutinho

Sílvia Ferreira

Sílvia Ferreira

Susana Varela Flor

Susana Varela Flor

 

PhD students

Ana Celeste Glória

Ana Celeste Glória

Jorge Muchagato

Jorge Muchagato

Patrícia Melo

Patrícia Melo

Pedro Cid

Pedro Cid

Nuno Villamariz Oliveira

Nuno Villamariz Oliveira

Raquel Seixas

Raquel Seixas

Ricardo Branco

Ricardo Lucas Branco

 

Other collaborators

Anísio Franco António Candeias António Filipe Pimentel Carlos Moura Catarina Villamariz
Cátia Teles e Marques Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa Miguel Soromenho Nuno Senos Rui Lobo
Sandra da Costa Saldanha  Giulia Rossi Vairo    

Description

The tradition of Medieval and Early Modern Art studies in FCSH is an extensive and successful one, and has promoted the development of several generations of Portuguese art historians, specialized mainly in the field of history of architecture and sculpture (particularly due to the lessons of José-Augusto França, Artur Nobre Gusmão, José Eduardo Horta Correia and, more recently, José Custódio Vieira da Silva). The MA and PhD courses taught at FCSH, together with the activities promoted by IHA have enabled a remarkable scientific production, which justifies the organization of autonomous research groups within the areas mentioned above.
A multidisciplinary art history, already present in the former research line “Architecture and the Visual Arts” (formally extinct in 2011), has informed most the “Applied Research”, traceable in the projects approved in 2002 and 2010, both in the field of medieval and early modern art studies. These projects became the key-element of other researchers in IHA.
However, the emergence of otherresearch lines led to a group readjustment, not to mention the arrival of several researchers specialized in the Baroque period. It has been considered that both groups should merge in order to take advantage of its diversity, chronological scope and r focus, also allowing a greater interaction among them.
The main goals of the former group of “Medieval Art” was to promote, develop and disseminate research in art history from the Middle Ages in Portugal and its relationship with European West. It fostered the research on medieval art in its various forms, particularly those focused in architecture (religious, civil, military, etc.); sculpture and painting. Besides, it also developed an important strand of research focused on ceramics and tiles. The progress of the IMAGO project (ended 2009) and its continuation IMAGO2 also allowed the promotion of research in unexplored areas within the historiography of Portuguese medieval art (such as that of tomb sculpture, the art of illumination or ceramics), thus constituting a primary vocation of work develop within the group, in collaboration with other R&D units, in particular the IEM/FCSH and Vicarte – UNL / FCT – UNL.
In turn, the group “Art of the Modern Age” developed research both in national and international context. Studies in history of architecture and sculpture and those dedicated to gardens and landscape of Baroque period were privileged areas, taking advantage of the critical mass specialized in these matters and the cooperation established with other R&D units and also including the DGPC and BNP.
The current “Medieval and Early Modern Art Studies Group” (MEMAst) results from the fusion of those two groups. Despite their specificities, the team will respect the autonomy of pre-existent working groups. However, they will seek permanent articulation, regarding objectives, strategies and future common partners.