Mapped The History Of Portugal, On The Basis Of Azulejo Tiles

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The style azulejo and links with the history of Portugal

Azulejo is one of the best forms of art in Portugal. It is also one of the best posts of this country to the world culture. It is much more than decoration. Azulejo already reached the status of art. In time to watch his variations and developments, much of Portugal’s history could tell.

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Azulejo murals on the streets of Portugal

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The meaning of the word

The literal translation of Azulejo is square tile showing a glaze from one side. Similar creations are found in Turkey, Spain, Italy, Holland and the Iran. Similar works are also in Morocco. You can experience the striking importance which but get them in Portugal, in any other corner of the world. Because here to use it more than five centuries incessantly for the cladding of the facades of many buildings.

Typical cladding of the facades of many buildings in Portugal

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The beginning

The first azulejo tiles that had been used for the complete covering of a large façade, imported from Spain out. They were in the so-called Spanish Mauritanian style. These tiles were introduced from Seville after Portugal.

The history of Portugal in pictures

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Art of Azulejo tiles

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The chain patterns were characteristic of these early models. They included among other vegetable and animistic topics. Seen something between Gothic and pure taste of the Renaissance in which aesthetic and formal language. In Portugal, the preference for these typical motifs but faded with time. What durable remains, is the preference for the extensive covering of facades with azulejo tiles. Thus to make the rooms more alive and full, even if there is there is little furniture or other type of facility.

Motifs from the life of the Renaissance

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Development in history

Quickly after the first monuments this way is applied in many different places of decoration. Seen on Christian and monumental buildings. The orders are larger, more and more painters to specialize to make repetitive motifs. Ever higher, this art is appreciated. Also priced.

Azulejo mosaics

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You will know the azulejo tiles from the 16th and 17th centuries including point chess patterns. These were made from the arrangement of single colour tiles on the walls. Thus arises a series of decorative nets on the wall.

The Wandekoration was regarded as true art

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Many different art scenes

At the same time but not so subtly proceed in some places. On the contrary: they painted large scenes, which could represent hunting and fighting. You could experience even mythological and religious images. It is the main characteristic of Lisbon’s architecture of time before Portugal acquired its independence from Spain. This happened in 1640.

Scenes representing battles and hunting

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18th century azulejo tiles on base come. This is followed by frescoes. They show a light appearance and varied scenes. Characteristic is the moment of surprise.

In the 18th century came the azulejo mosaics on base

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After the French Revolution and other fluctuations in history, established here also a more bourgeois. It continues the tradition of Azulejo tiles. They are even in the times of industrialisation, but in a simplified form again and again on the facades. Also in the 20th century and today this tradition is kept again and again. This can be explained by the global trend to seek to conscious perception of history and tradition.

Also in the 20th century the tradition is kept again and again

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How it looks now? You want to try next time, if you are in Portugal, because knowing what period of history of Portugal the azulejo come from pieces you see?

Mosaic tiles in the style of the azulejo

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Blue tile pattern

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Of pattern designs

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Pattern ideas in color

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Old tradition with contemporary look

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Interior design ideas for the modern bathroom

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Bathroom tiles in the Portuguese azulejo-style

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Simple geometric forms come into play

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