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Portugal and its former colonies have produced an abundance of internationally renowned figures in the arts, music, sports, and so much more. Let’s take a look, shall we?


When the Saints Go Marching: Santo António Day Explained

May 29, 2019

First of all, I’ll just let it out there: Santo António is an impostor. Yes, because the official patron saint of Lisbon is actually São Vicente. This is the one whose statue stands at Portas do Sol in Alfama, where he holds the symbol of the city in one hand – the ship crewed by […]

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Defeated by Life: José Maria Eça de Quieróz

February 20, 2019

By 1863, Eça had become a member of a local Boheme and, influenced by new friendships, discovered the pleasures of exotic food and sophisticated clothing, started wearing a monocle, ceased to believe in God, and declared himself a romantic.

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Palácio do Marquês de Pombal in Oeiras

February 11, 2019

The title Marquês de Pombal is more or less the same as Prime Minister, so it’s no wonder that this guy needed a snazzy palace to call his own whilst in office. 

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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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