Pre-Modern Visual and Material Cultures

 

 

Integrated members

Alexandra Curvelo

Cátia Mourão

Cátia Mourão

Fátima Abraços

Fátima Abraços

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Filomena Limão

Hélder Carita

Hélder Carita

Isabel Mendonça

Isabel Mendonça

Joana Ramôa Melo

Joana Ramôa Melo

Manuel Justino Maciel

Justino Maciel

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Maria de Jesus Kremer

Maria João Pereira Coutinho

Maria João Coutinho

Pedro Flor

Pedro Flor

Sílvia Ferreira

Sílvia Ferreira

Susana Varela Flor

Susana Varela Flor

 

PhD students

Ana Celeste Glória

Ana Celeste Glória

Madalena Matos

Madalena Matos

Raquel Seixas

Raquel Seixas

Other collaborators

Jorge Tomás García

 

keywords:

Ornament and Decorative Arts
Cultural Transfers
Social Life of Objects
Reception and Meanings

 

Description

Pre-MODERN results from the fusion of 2 former groups: Artistic Horizons of Hispania and Medieval and Modern Art Studies. It articulates with the Thematic Line “Cultural Transfers in a Global Perspective” focusing on the networks that connected distant regions and facilitated transfers. The research carried on by its members (including 8 Post-Doc fellows) concentrates on the movement of objects and people, materials and models, as well as intangible culture (knowledge, technical skills, literature). It covers a wide range of geographic areas (from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific) and periods (from the 1st century A.D. to the 18th century). This broad range allows for novel approaches and transcultural comparisons, breaking down traditional stylistic divisions, and looking to the social, political and economic realities of each period to better understand its cultural production.
Pre-MODERN studies the dynamics that surpass individual cases. More specifically, it focus on questions regarding the reception, appropriation, adaptation, rejection and/or resistance towards imported artistic models and concepts; the mobility of artists, merchants, diplomats and other agents that have disseminated these models and concepts through traveling and working in various environments; the movement of objects, studied not only for their artistic worth, but as material objects that transmitted new values to different cultural environments and initiated cultural sequences of great importance (such as the azulejo or talha dourada transplanted in the colonies); and the circulation of ideas, concepts, and texts that played a fundamental role in implementing practices, such as in the case of architectural treatises.
Its members, including Post-Doc fellows and PhD students, articulate with FCSH’s Art History Department through mobility programmes and Seminars’ offer for students and a more general public (teachers and tourism professionals).