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Porcelain (biscuit). Leopoldo de Almeida (1898-1975). “Vista Alegre”. Portugal, 20th century. Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas.        

Wax, shells, shells, wood, fabric, paper, mirror and glass. Portugal, 19th century.  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas    

Unknown author.  Ivory. Europe, 19th century. Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas      

Tiles panel, "Sombra Orquídea" - Lourdes Castro, Portugal, 1998.  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas   

The “Museu Etnográfico da Madeira” collection.  Sheep wool was used by the Madeiran people to make a type of traditional cap, the so-called “barretes de vilão” or “barretes de...

Collections of the Ethnographic Museum of Madeira. Transport. The wooden yoke was used to harness animals to the "wagon cars", used to transport cargo and to the "ox carts", used to transport...

“Museu Etnográfico da Madeira” collections. Domestic units. Bedroom. These container’s heaters, with copper braziers and wooden handles, were used in wealthier homes to heat beds. The...

Ivory.  Portuguese India, Goa, 17th century.  Creditos: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas.  

Melada Boy. Unknown drawer.  J. Gellatly (lithographer). Edinburgh, Scotland, 19th century.  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas  

Blue decorated porcelain under glaze.  China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign, 1736-1795.  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas  

Henry Bowser Wimbush (Middlesex, 1858 - Somerset, 1943).  Watercolor over paper.  Portugal, Madeira, ca. 1899.  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas.

Sculpture identified as São Martinho de Tours, which presents itself with a high triangular miter, the bishop habit in a blue and red mantle.  Credits: Museu Quinta das...

Francesco Zuccarelli (1702-1788) Italian school, 18th century. Sepia ink and watery of Chinese ink drawing.  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas.  

Bone china porcelain, “oriental landscape” stamped decoration. Copeland, England, 1875-1890.  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas 

Transporting animals to the market. Unknown author (British?). Watercolor on paper. Portugal, Madeira, 1848.  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas  

Siliceous ceramic, dry rope. Ispaão ?, Persia, Safávida dynasty, 17th century. Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas  

Faiança “creamware”, decoração estampada “peónias”.   Wedgwood. Inglaterra, 1909  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas     

The Country Residence of Henry Veitch Left. H. B. M. Agent & Consul General.Madeira Lithography Lieut. Hornbrook (designer), T. M. Baynes (lithographer), London, 20th...

Porcelain painted cobalt blue under glaze.China, Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign, 1522-1566.  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas 

Giovanni Lanfranco's circle. (Parma, 1582 - Rome, 1647). Oil over copper. Italy, 17th century. (after. 1628).  Credits: Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas   

F.E. Bigge (British?). Watercolor on paper. Portugal, Madeira, 1854. Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas

Unknown author (British?).  Feather and watercolor drawing on paper.  Portugal, Madeira, 19th century. (1st quarter).  Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas. 

Clay and enamels, relief. Lisbon, “Viúva Lamego” Factory, 20th century. Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas    

| MQC Details … |  Detail of the “Orquestrofone”, a mechanical musical instrument displayed in the “Quinta das Cruzes” Museum gardens, purchased by the 1st Viscount of Cacongo, João José...

 After threshing the grain, carried out on the threshing floor, the grain was cleaned. After the threshing machine (“American machine” or “iron”) appeared, this operation was mechanized, using...

Attributed to Nicolau Ferreira (1731-ca-1790). Oil on canvas, gilded frame. Portugal, Madeira, century. XVIII (3rd quarter). Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas.      

In the past, "house bread" was kneaded and baked in domestic units, a tradition that still remains, in some houses in rural areas. In the traditional confection of this type of bread, whose base...

Traditional wood stove from the late 19th century, able to see at Solar de São Cristóvão, in Machico.  Credits: Solar de São Cristóvão.    

Earthenware. Holland, century. XVIII (?. Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas

CTT presented a philatelic broadcast, dedicated to the “Museu de Fotografia da Madeira - Atelier Vicente’s”. This collection consists of three stamps (national shipping, Europe and the rest of the...

From 19th century, in mahogany wood and copper alloy. It has needle feet with turnings and flutes. Piece is on display in the bedroom of Solar de São Cristovão. Credits: Solar de São...

  São Pedro is usually represented with sharp lines, with frizzy hair or partially bald, a short beard, wearing a blue tunic and a yellow mantle. The yellow color alludes to gold and...

This piece is widely used in the most affluent houses, since long ago for heating bed sheets. This heater, with copper brazier and wooden handle, opens in the middle, through a hinge, allowing the...

The homemade manufacture of pottery was an activity with a long tradition in Porto Santo. In the 16th century, tiles and crockery were already made on that island. Among Porto Santo potters, there...

Unlike other cereals, it was not until the 19th century that the corn began to appear as a major agricultural investment in the archipelago. Widespread in the north, favored by the abundance of...

The grocers or “vendas”, as they’re popularly designated, are disappearing. However, we can still find some of them here and there, still using some of their old furniture, equipment and the...

Rattles with whistles, with the application of corals, were among the objects and toys which were commonly offered to children on the day of their baptism, which was considered to be their first big...

Collection of Prints and Watercolours. Lithography, unknown lithographer, Johan Frederik. Eckersberg (designer), 19th century (circa 1850).

The Museum’s Collection. Transports. The Madeiran ox cart will have been influenced by the model of the ox cart from the Northeast of Portugal and the traditional Madeiran cart, an unwheeled drag...

The Museum’s Collection Extractive Activities Cereal Cycle After threshing, a process that consists of dislodging the grain from the ear, the grain is ready to be cleaned in the threshing floor....

Martha da Cunha Telles was born in Funchal, in 1930, within a traditional family, daughter of the lawyer Alexandre da Cunha Telles and Anne Kristine Stephanie Wera Beranger Cohen, a Danish lyric...

Some notes about the artist Ção Pestana highlighted under the rubric Um dia, uma obra (“One day, one work”).  Assunção Pestana was born in Funchal, in 1953. Visual artist and university...

The Museum’s Collections Productive Activities Viticulture The almud (also known as pitcher) is a capacity measurement unit for liquids, especially for wine. It derives from the Arabic al-mudd...

The Museum’s Collections Traditional Professions The designation of "servile workers" was attributed to the group of people who lived in economic dependence of privileged classes, on a daily or...

The Museum's Collections. Ludic Activities. The spinning top is a popular children's game, which was widely used until the last century. This wooden artefact has a metallic tip and is wrapped with...

The Museum’s Collections. Cereal Cycle. The threshing of cereals is the process of extracting the grain, which consists of separating the ears and dislodging the grain. In our archipelago,...

Household items In the past, there were no washbasins with running water for washing hands and face, and intimate hygiene was done in the bedroom, with jugs and bowls, in traditional washbasins,...

Parallelepiped-shaped bottle-case with convex lid. The front, sides and back are smooth, standing out, in the front area and in the corners, darker wood inlay with application of lighter vertical...

The Museum’s Collection.  Viticulture.  Wicker work is classified into three categories: light work, medium work and furniture. Baskets of various shapes, for domestic use, and baskets...

Immaterial Cultural Heritage: Festivities and Pilgrimages of Madeira As part of the project developed at the museum, which resulted in a temporary exhibition and the edition, in 2019, of the book...

Extractive Activities Fishing The products resulting from livestock, agriculture and fishing circulated from the countryside to the city and within the city itself, thus emerging the street...

The Museum’s Collections. Productive Activities. Threshing is the process of extracting the grain, which consists of separating the ears and dislodging the grain. After threshing, the grain was...

The Museum’s Collections. Transport.  This piece is a clay miniature of a "squeaky car", a cargo transport car that was so called by the "squeak", that is, the noise it made when it...

On May 15, the International Family Day is celebrated. We present a detail of the small oval silver plaque, placed in a case, representing the "Holy Family", Our Lady, the Child Jesus and St....

Grocery stores or vendas, as they are popularly called, are establishments that are part of our traditional commerce. There, a wide variety of products was sold, being common the so-called venda a...

Was born in Mangualde, in 1961. He lives and works in Lisbon. He attended the Painting course at the Lisbon College of Fine Arts.  José Loureiro has held several individual and collective...

Collection of Prints and Watercolours.  Câmara de Lobos.  Lithography, Andrew Picken (lithographer and draftsman), 1842.  Credits: Frederico de Freitas House-Museum  

Emily Geneviève Smith was born on 31 August 1817 in Paris, the third daughter of the Hanson Simpson family, from Bath, in the South West of England. In this English city she receives her training in...

The Museum’s Collections. Weaving The loom is a complex device used in the manufacture of fabric through the crossing of the yarns. There are two types of yarns: the warp yarns, which are...

Collection of Prints and Watercolours Pontinha "H. M. S. Colossus" [disembarkation to the small islet of Forte de São José (St. Joseph’s Fort)] Watercolour, F. E. Bigge, 1854 Credits: Frederico...

The Museum’s Collections Productive Activities Threshing is the process of grain extraction, which consists of separating the ears and dislodging the grain from them. After threshing, the grain...

"O’ mice an’ men" by Hugo Brazão. Acrylic canvas with polyurethane protection, nylon and cotton ropes, liquid rubber, support structure in galvanized iron and acrylic paint – 270 x 200...

Lithography, Thomas Picken (lithographer), Frank Dillon (designer), 1850 Credits: Frederico de Freitas House-Museum

The Museum’s Collections Household items Cast iron was a raw material widely used in the production of household utensils and, until the 20th century, it was the preferred raw material, worldwide,...

Some notes about Bárbara Assis Pacheco, represented in the MUDAS Museum’s collection with a drawing in gouache and Chinese ink, dated 2003. Bárbara Assis Pacheco was born in Lisbon, in 1973. She...

Collection of Prints and Watercolours.  Saint Francisco Convent, Funchal (now Municipal Garden).  Lithography, Thomas Picken (lithographer), Frank Dillon (designer),1850.  Credits:...

The Museum’s Collections Fishing The fishing process and techniques were naturally introduced by the first settlers, similar to those existing in mainland Portugal, although they have undergone...

Em Viagem ("Travelling").  “Neptune” - Acrylic and coal on canvas 160 x 140 cm.  "No. 2" - Acrylic and coal on canvas – 180 x 160 cm.  Credits: Quinta Magnólia - Cultural...

The Museum’s Collections Cereal Cycle The threshing of cereals is the process of extracting the grain, which consists of separating the ears and dislodging the grain from them. In our...

Some curiosities about Helena Almeida.  A key figure in the contemporary Portuguese art scene, Helena Almeida began her career at the end of the 1960's. She left us a multifaceted work, in...

Some curiosities about the artist Susanne Themlitz, featured under the section Um dia, uma obra (“One day, one work"), represented in the MUDAS Museum’s collection with a set of photomontages from...

The Museum’s Collections Weaving In the past, flax was sown, harvested and treated by traditional processes. Linen was then spun on the distaff and woven on the domestic loom, usually installed in...

The Museum’s CollectionsFestivities and PilgrimagesThe summer months, from June to September - harvest season -, are festive months par excellence. It is the final "reward" for the hard work done...

Collection of Prints and Watercolours.  Going up towards Monte [ox car].  Watercolour, Isabella Hurst de França, 1853-1854.  Credits: Frederico de Freitas House-Museum

Media Installation Project; Digital kiosk, video and classic public transport bus; Different dimensions.  Credits: Quinta Magnólia - Cultural Centre. 

Featured Piece.  British joinery will take over in Europe throughout the 18th century. In addition to the excellent art of its joiners, there is the great dissemination achieved, from the...

The Museum’s Collection Transportation The Basket Car With over than a century of history, the basket cars, or sledge cars of Monte, are a unique type of transport in the world. It is a drag...

The Museum’s Collection. Clay Figurine. The Little Shepherds. The manufacture of small clay figures was an activity that revealed some often-unknown artists, who produced pieces for the...

Some curiosities about Jorge Queiroz featured under the rubric Um dia, uma obra ("One day, one work"). Jorge Queiroz was born in Lisbon, in 1966. He attended the Visual Communication & Art...

The Museum’s Collections Household Items Cylindrical, wooden container, carved in a trunk, with a lid, in which the meat was kept and submerged in brine, an ancestral technique for preserving food...

The Museum’s Collections Traditional Costume Traditionally, two types of boots were made: “flat boot” and the “countryside boot”. The so-called "flat boot”, with goatskin and cowhide sole, was...

The Museum’s Collections Handicraft Wheat straw, traditionally used on our island to cover houses, was also used as a raw material in artisanal production. In the civil parish of Ponta do Pargo...

The pocket watch, dating from the beginning of the 20th century, belonged to Emperor Charles I of Austria, the last monarch of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The watch features a crowned monogram,...

"Meditation: The Wooden Woman" by Daniel Melim.  17th century oil painting on wood / graphite on paper.  160 x 200 cm - drawing 147 x 185 cm - painting Credits: Quinta...

Some notes about Manuel Baptista under the rubric Um dia, uma obra ("One day, one work").  Manuel Baptista was born in Faro, in 1936. He graduated in Painting at the Lisbon College of Fine...

Born in 1939, in Guimarães, a city that would give him the artistic name. Graduated in engineering and with a military career, José de Guimarães definitely awakened to his true...

Collection of Prints and Watercolours.  Quinta do Monte, Madeira.  Lithography, Andrew Picken (lithographer and draftsman), ca. 1840  Credits: Frederico de Freitas House-Museum

Extractive Activities: Fishing. This miniature is a replica of a "whaling boat", a vessel used in the "hunting sperm whales", a fishing activity that was introduced in our region, in 1940, by...

Some notes about René Bértholo (1935-2005), an artist represented in the MUDAS Museum’s collection with several works, among which "Croisements" (1979), which we make...

It is a piece of furniture, used in the past, in Madeiran kitchens and pantries, to store food. It kept them fresh, since three of its faces were composed of a wooden frame with a fine metal mesh...

Some notes about Álvaro Lapa (1939-2006) under the rubric Um dia, uma obra ("One day, one work"). Álvaro Lapa was born in Évora. He was a student of two great figures of...

As part of the project developed at the museum, which resulted in a temporary exhibition and the edition, in 2019, of the book “Festas e Romarias da Madeira” (No. 3 of our “Cadernos de Campo”...

The Museum Collections. Household items. This is a model of iron that worked with mineral coal and had its greatest use, from the 17th century. A precursor of the current steam iron, this iron,...

The Museum’s Collections. Traditional Professions. The Fábrica de Chapéus de Santa Maria Maior (Santa Maria Maior Hat Factory), founded by three brothers, was installed, since...

Some notes about Fernando Calhau featured under the rubric Um dia, uma obra ("One day, one work"). Fernando Calhau was born in Lisbon, in 1948. In 1973, he graduated in Painting at the Lisbon...

Some graphic notes from the play "Observatory", by Helder Folgado, by students in the 14th grade of the 11th year of the Scientific-Humanistic Course in Visual Arts at the Francisco Franco High...

Collection of Prints and Watercolours English Church, Rua do Quebra Costas, Funchal. Lithography, Thomas Picken (lithographer), W. S. Pitt Springett (designer), ca.1843 Credits: Frederico de...

Household Units: Kitchen In the past, water was heated in large cast iron kettles, which were placed in the hearth. While in the more affluent houses it was common to have a wood stove, in the...

Some curiosities about the Madeiran artist and researcher Rita Rodrigues, also represented in the MUDAS Museum’s collection. Rita Rodriguez was born in Funchal, in 1960. In 1987, she completed the...

The Museum’s Collections. Handicraft: Wicker. The osier grown in Madeira is a cross between the species of the genus Salix alba L. (white willow) with the Salix fragilis L. (brittle willow). Its...

Today, under the rubric Um dia, uma obra ("One day, one work"), we highlight some curiosities about Edgar Martins, artistic representation that joined the MUDAS Museum’s collection very...

The Museum’s Collections. Household Units: Kitchen.  Ceramic Jugs.  Feature: Red clay.  Technique: Round and moulded piece.  Description: Bulgy jug with slight edged neck...

April 25, Freedom Day To mark this commemorative date, we bring the testimony of graphic materials edited by Movimento das Forças Armadas (MFA) - Dinamização Cultural - Acção Cívica ("Armed Forces...

Some notes about the Madeiran artist and teacher Guilhermina da Luz (1947-2019) featured under the rubric Um dia, uma obra ("One day, one work"). Guilhermina da Luz was born in Ponta do Sol, in...

Viticulture The Borracho results from the use of goatskin, which adapts to liquid container due to its resistant and malleable material. It was traditionally used to transport the grape juice,...

View from the “Santa Luzia” Church area, Funchal. Lithography, Lady Susan Vernon Harcourt (lithographer and draftsman), 1851. Credits: Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas  

The Museum Collections. Domestic units: Kitchen. The scraper or grater is a domestic utensil, always present in kitchens and widely used for food preparation, whose shape has changed over time....

On World Book Day, we present "Dear Yellow" - the Mural Book by Miguel Ângelo Martins that is part of the exhibition Em Viagem (“Travelling"). This piece includes part of the scientific...

The Angels Who Guard Us. Our Lady and the Child Polychrome, gilded and ivory wood Portuguese India, 18th century Credits: Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas

On World Book Day, we share with you the editorial project of the “Museu Etnográfico da Madeira”, the collection "Cadernos de Campo", publicizing its objectives and contents. This editorial project...

Some notes about Pedro Portugal featured under the rubric Um dia, uma obra (“One day, one work"). Pedro Portugal was born in Castelo Branco (1963), where he attended a technical course in...

In the collection of the Quinta das Cruzes Museum there are three works by painter Tomás de Anunciação (1818-1879). A Feira de Gado ("The Cattle Fair"), from 1861, and two...

To celebrate Earth Day. View on the road from Funchal to St. Anne's.Colour-printed lithography. Susan Vernon Harcourt (Designer/Writer). London, 1851. Credits: Frederico de Freitas...

The products of rural and fishing activities circulated from the countryside to the city and within the city itself, thus emerging the street vendors. They sold on the streets, or door to door, by...

In the section "One day, one work", we leave some notes about Ana Vidigal. Born in Lisbon, in 1960. In 1984, she completed the Painting course at the Lisbon College of Fine Arts. She was a...

“Status” by Tiago Casanova - Photographic print in inkjet on barred cotton paper, glued in 3mm Dibond. Marble, acrylic and concrete. 230 x 194.50 x 107cm. Credits: Quinta Magnólia - Centro...

  Engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi (Florence, 1728 - Lisbon, 1815) on a drawing by Guido Reni (Calvenzano, 1575 - Bologna, 1642). Etching and burin England, London, 1767

 Oil painting on slate Pietro Bianchi (Il Creatura) Italy, 1694/1740

Born in Funchal, in 1964. Since 1982, he has been drawing and painting regularly. Away from the means that legitimize the contemporary art, his production was sold by the artist in the streets of...

This type of giant-reed basket, or hamper, as it is popularly called, was used in the past to shop in the market. In the last century, when the use of plastic bags was not yet common, the...

Born in Madeira, in 1949. Bachelor of Fine Arts and Design by the Madeira High Institute of Plastic Arts (ISAPM), graduated in Communication Design by the Lisbon Faculty of Fine Arts. He also...

Tile panel "Wreath with Angel" Faience. Lisbon, Portugal, 18th century Theme: Anjos que nos guardam (“Angels guarding us”) Credits: Frederico de Freitas House-Museum

Terms of health clearance for vessels to enter the port of Funchal (18th and 19th centuries). ABM made available, on its file search platform, the records of the terms of sanitary clearance of...

ABM published on its archive search platform the descriptive records of William Hinton & Sons fund, in a total of 910 installation units, with dates between 1827 and 1994. Instituted by William...

The Legislative Assembly of Madeira (ALR), formerly «Alfândega Nova», was built by King D. Manuel I between 1508 and 1519. Its main function was to collect sugar taxes. On the first floor, next to...

The Convent of Santa Clara was the first female religious house built on the island at the end of the 15th century. The Chapel of Our Lady of Conception, from the same period, was integrated into...

The date of the foundation and construction of the chapel is unknown, but here began the parish of São Gonçalo, created from Santa Maria Maior, since 1558, serving this parish church...

The Chapel of Our Lady of Nazareth, in the parish of São Martinho (Funchal), was founded in 1627 by Martim Vaz de Caires, a prominent figure of Madeiran society and noble generation who died in...

The Kiss of Peace (osculatorium, instrumentum pacis) was used in the Christian liturgy as a symbol of fraternal and reverential love. It is a symbol of reconciliation and joy in God. It was only...

Explore the core of Portuguese faience pieces through a route through the main production centres of mainland Portugal, getting to know the typologies and decorative styles that marked the...

Oil painting on copper Domenico Zampieri, Il Domenichino (assigned) Italy, 17th century Credits: Frederico de Freitas House-Museum    

In the section Um dia, uma obra ("One day, one work”), we leave some notes about the artist João Queiroz. Born in Lisbon, in 1957. He graduated in Philosophy at the Classical...

The Quinta das Cruzes Museum has a furniture core, called "sugar box", dating from the 17nth century and integrating several typologies, such as one and two body cabinets, arks and angles that...

D. Francisco de Moura Corte Real was the grandson of D. Cristóvão de Moura, the all-powerful minister of Filipe II (I of Portugal), who was one of the main supporters of the Duke of Alba entry into...

Couscous came to the Iberian Peninsula through the Muslims and was said to have been introduced to Madeira by slaves or by the first settlers. Cooked with wheat flour, couscous can be eaten while...

Polychrome and gilded wood. Portugal, 18th century. Theme: Os Anjos que nos guardam ("The Angels guarding us") Credits: Frederico de Freitas House-Museum

Some notes about the Madeiran painter Alice Sousa, author of the work Chorinho (“Little Cry"), which, among others of her own, are part of the MUDAS collection. She was born in Funchal, in...

As part of the World Art Day celebrations, we follow up on the section that we started about three weeks ago, Um dia, uma obra ("One day, one work"), in which we share every day some information...

Some curiosities about Pedro Proença. Born in 1962, in Sá da Bandeira (now Lubango), Angola. He came to Portugal when he was still a lap child. Son of a psychiatrist and an architect,...

Dentro da paisagem ("Inside the landscape") by Bruno Côrte. Color printing on photo paper. 2 x 129 x 97 cm. Credits: Quinta Magnolia - Cultural Centre      

"Risus Paschalis" by Susana Figueira - Gold leaf applied on wood and graffiti drawing. Painting and tempering, acrylic, textiles, biscuit dough, ceramics and tiles - 230 x 194.5 x 107 cm. Credits:...

"Control procedure" by Martinho Mendes - Set of two sculptural objects (iron, enamel paint, intertwined palm leaves) and 15-minute video. 220 x 70 cm each object (Details of sculptural...

We recall and highlight here the work developed by the musician Vítor Sardinha at the “Museu Quinta das Cruzes” through his Project “Há Música no Museu”. Started in the 2014/2015 academic year,...

Round, embossed, brushed and incised silver-gilt salver with raised foot and motifs alluding to the Seven Deadly Sins. Although they have no biblical consecration, the Seven Sins seem to have been...

The wooden yoke was used to harness the animals to the "squeaky cars", used to transport cargo, and to the ox carts, used to transport people. The yoke also served to harness the animals when they...

Sheep's wool was used by the Madeiran people in the confection of a type of traditional cap, the so-called "peasant's cap" or "ear cap". The most common ones, which are still commercialized today,...

In the past, this type of round, flat, cake-shaped bread was hand-kneaded and baked in a basalt stone, called caco (“shard”), ash-smothered or over hot charcoals. Once baked, the bread...

The Miracle of Nazaré tells a legend from 1180, when King Sancho I led the reconquest of the Alentejo and the Algarve, and his knight Fuas Roupinho faced the Moors in Porto de Mós,...

19th Century Chinese wine teapot, in white porcelain, decorated with polychrome enamels. This example from the Frederico de Freitas House-Museum reproduces a model from the Kangxi period (1662-1722)...

Fishing floats (balls and floating-beacons) allowed to keep the fishing gear in the desired position and to signal the nets, as these were generally numbered. They had different dimensions and...

The hand mill was used, in the domestic units, to grind small quantities of cereals, transforming the grain into flour. It was built in stone and had a small wooden handle that was used to move the...

Sculpture I Madeira Island I Ends from the 15th century to the middle of the 16th century. Stone (trachyte) Bowl designed to contain holy water. The sink has decorative elements on the outside: a...

Artefacts from the Lazareto's Old Pottery. The Collections of the Madeira Ethnographic Museum. Artefacts from the Lazareto's Old Pottery. Shape: plaster. 2005. Credits:...

Patterned, polychrome and gilded clay Unknown author Portugal, 18th century Theme: "The Angels guarding us" Credits: Frederico de Freitas House-Museum

“Virgin with the Child” enthroned among angels.  Tempera painting and gilding on wood.  Unknown author.  Italy, 15th century.  Theme: "The Angels guarding...

In the Frederico de Freitas House-Museum, there is a wide variety of these heavenly beings, in different materials, from different times. Angel (nativity scene detail) Polychrome...

We highlight some curiosities about the painter Albuquerque Mendes, a native from Trancoso (Beira Alta), who, after thinking of being a priest, became one of the best known Portuguese artists of the...

Born in Amarante (1932). He completed the Primary Magisterium Course in 1951. He attended the Oporto College of Fine Arts (1965-1966). In 1974, he completed the History course at the Faculty of Arts...

Born in 1963, in Castelo Branco. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Lisbon University. He has been teaching at Ar.Co since 1989, where he is responsible for the Department of Drawing and...

Born in Porto on June 8, 1934. A self-taught artist, he was influenced by literature and philosophy. He stood out in the Portuguese art scene with an artistic production in the transition from...

Born in 1931, in Coimbra. Graduated in Painting by the Oporto College of Fine Arts, where he teached until 1975, when he moved to Lisbon to teach at the local College of Fine Arts. He was one of...

Teresa Jardim was born in Funchal, in 1960. She holds a Degree in Fine Arts/Painting and Graphic Design by the Madeira High Institute of Plastic Arts/University of Madeira (ISAPM/UMa). She teaches...

Born in Lisbon, in 1962, son of the painter João Rodrigues Vieira, he soon had a desire for drawing. In his teens, he wanted to be a comic book author. He enters the Painting course at the...

Joaquim Rodrigo was born on July 7, 1912, in Lisbon. He completed the courses of Agronomic Engineering and Forestry Engineering. In 1950, he enrolled in a night Painting course of the National...

Filipe Moreira Rocha da Silva nasceu em Lisboa, em 1954. Frequentou o curso de direito. Viaja para Paris em 1973, onde frequentou a Sorbonne e a Académie de la Grande Chaumière....

Graça Pereira Coutinho was born in Lisbon, in 1947. Between 1966 and 1971, she attended the Sculpture course at the Lisbon College of Fine Arts, where she completed the third year. In 1971,...

Jorge Molder was born in Lisbon, in 1947. He studied Philosophy at the University of Lisbon and began his artistic career as a photographer in the seventies of the last century. He has been a board...

Nuno José de Siqueira was born in 1929, in Lisbon. He attended the Law Faculty and the College of Fine Arts. In 1959, he left to Paris as a scholarship holder of the Calouste Gulbenkian...

He was born in Évora, in 1946. He was a self-taught, revealing, very early, the taste for experimentation in the field of Plastic Arts. At the age of 18, he held his first solo exhibition at...

Eduardo Batarda was born in Coimbra, in 1943, where he studied Medicine between 1960 and 1963. He would later exchange this course for Painting, which he completed at the Lisbon College of Fine Arts...

Gaëtan Lampo Martins de Oliveira was born in Luanda, in 1944. He arrives in Portugal at the age of six, making his whole adult life in our country. His work is mainly developed in the area of...

Xana is the artistic name of Alexandre Nuno Serrão Fialho Alves Barata. He was born in Lisbon (1959), where he completed the Painting course at the College of Fine Arts. Not feeling fulfilled...

Architect and sculptor Artur Rosa died on March 24, 2020. In his memory, we leave some notes about his biography, recalling his journey and work. He was born in Lisbon. He graduated in architecture...

Internationally recognized, she is considered one of the greatest Portuguese artists of all time. The themes of her works focus on cities and their architecture, libraries, tiles, tapestries,...

Born in Mozambique, in 1938. Later, he settles in Oporto, where he studies Painting at the College of Fine Arts, obtaining a score of 20 values. He was one of the members of the group Os Quatro...

Born in Porto. She tried to pursue a career as a lyric singer, even going to Germany to specialize in Baroque music. Her dream ended because she didn't have the physical structure to sing. She was...

Having the island of Madeira a dense grove, since the beginning of colonization people have resorted to the raw material made available by nature for the construction of numerous utilitarian,...

Equipped with a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar lens, kindly donated by Paulo Raimundo Rodrigues Cova, on May 6, 1997. Credits: Madeira Photography Museum - Atelier Vicente's

The reed, giant-reed or rock-reed, as it is popularly called, is a plant spread throughout the archipelago and is easily recognizable by the tufts at the base of its long, erect and unmistakable...

Corn culture was much more recent than other cereals. Due to the lack of water, corn only begins to play a growing role in the agrarian landscape of the archipelago on the second half of the 19th...

This lantern, or oil lamp, was used in fishing boats, water mills or traditional kitchens and is popularly attributed curious designations, depending on the localities, namely "little witch" or...

Animal-drawn "squeaky cars" were used in our archipelago for cargo transport. They were thus designated by the squeak they made when they circulated. Its wheels were made of a single block of wood,...

The oculus is a tubular device, somewhat conical in shape, with two symmetrically opposed wings, made of wooden staves and fastened with iron hoops. It serves to observe the bottom of the sea....

In the past, when fishermen went fishing on the high seas, for several days, they took this stone stove to cook the food.Three small stones were placed on a circular stone, which served as a base,...

The manufacture of small clay figures was an activity that revealed some artists, often unknown, who produced pieces for the ornamentation of lapinhas - the traditional Madeiran nativity scenes -,...

The art of cut-out paper has its origin in China, long time ago. Initially, paper was a precious asset, accessible only to the wealthiest classes, but in the 4th century it became a popular art with...

The geo-hydrological conditions of the island were conducive to the generalization of water mills. In places where there was no driving force of water, people resorted to animal or human strenght,...

In the past, both the "house bread" and the bolo do caco (flat, round-shaped home-made bread cooked on flat basalt stone slab) were kneaded and baked in the domestic units, a tradition that still...

The MUDAS. Contemporary Art Museum of Madeira highlights some curiosities about the artist Manuel João Vieira, author of the work Torneio Equestre (“Equestrian Tournament”), dated...