History

Category: History

You can’t spit without hitting a historic landmark in Lisbon (so please don’t). Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, and many more have left their stamp here.


Bartolomeu Português: Father of the Pirates’ Code

October 30, 2018

Like many things, the Pirates’ Code was invented by a Portuguese.

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The Mischievous Storyteller: Paula Rego

October 23, 2018

In a well-lit room, a man sits on the edge of a bed. Around him, two women — daughter and wife — struggle to pull a jacket over his inert body. By a window, another child stands, with hands folded as if for prayer and her gaze fixed somewhere outside the canvas. In the background, […]

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Amadeo de Souza Cardoso: The Slow-Burning Modernist

September 18, 2018

Amadeo Cardoso was a caricaturist, painter, and man-about-town in the Parisian art scene. He certainly has his place among the great Portuguese modernists.

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The Silent Lady: Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

September 11, 2018

When rebuked about not talking enough about her work, the modernist painter Vieira da Silva once retorted: “And what does one paint for? Isn’t it to make the canvas speak? The painter’s language is the paintings themselves!”

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The Eccentric Englishwoman: Guilhermina Suggia

September 4, 2018

In her hometown, Porto, the cellist Guilhermina Augusta Xavier de Medin Suggia was affectionately known as “the eccentric Englishwoman.” This nickname, earned by someone who was, in fact, flesh-and-blood Portuguese, reflects the extent Suggia was ahead of her times — as a cellist and as a woman.

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The Futures of Lisbon: A Concerned Immigrant’s Preview.

August 28, 2018

Futuros de Lisboa is a unique interactive multimedia art exhibit composed of photographs, essays, videos, illustrations, and all sorts of weirdness, compiled by professionals in various fields, academics, artists, and regular citizens of Lisbon. The show examines one simple question that is on the mind of anyone who lives here: “What comes next for this magical little town?”

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Domenico Vandelli, the Luckless Founder of Jardim Botânico da Ajuda

August 16, 2018

The founder of Jardim Botânico da Ajuda may not be well known, but his influence over the project was immeasurable, and his bad luck a lesson to us all.

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