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Alexandra Curvelo is Assistant Professor at the Department of History of Art, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - Universidade Nova de Lisboa and holds a Ph.D. in History of Art on Nanban Art and Its Circulation between Asia and America: Japan, China and New Spain (c.1550 – c.1700).

She is Deputy-Director of the Art History Institute (IHA) and Associate Researcher of the Portuguese Center for Global History (CHAM) at NOVA FCSH.

From 2010 to 2016, she was the Editor in chief of the Bulletin of Portuguese-Japanese Studies and is currently a member of the board of Direction of the Art History Journal published by IHA.

Previously she worked at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (Azulejo National Museum), at the Portuguese Institute for Conservation and Preservation and the National Art Museum (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga), Lisbon.

Her experience in Museum Studies and her field of research led her to be invited to be Co-Curator of the Exhibition A striking story: Portugal-Japan 16th-20th centuries, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon (29 November 2018-26 March 2019) and of the exhibition Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods, Boston, McMullen Museum of Art, 16 February-2 June 2013. She was the Scientific Curator of the exhibition Namban Commissions. The Portuguese in Modern Age Japan.Lisbon, Museu do Oriente, 17 December 2010 – 31 May 2011.

From March 2012 until September 2015 she was the Principal Investigator of the research project Interactions between rivals: the Christian mission and Buddhist Sects in Japan (c.1549-c.1647), financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

She has participated in many international conferences and workshops and has also co-organized international conferences and workshops.

In January 2018 was appointed Adviser of Nanban Culture by the Mayor of Amakusa Island, Japan.


  • NX Arts in general
  • Japanese studies
  • Material and Visual culture
  • Museum Studies

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Research Output at NOVA 2008 2019

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A Companion to Early Modern Catholic Global Missions, edited by Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia

Curvelo, A., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Jesuit Studies. 6, 1, p. 166-169 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access

«Vencer no pincel a Zeuxis e a Apeles» na Ásia. A produção e consumo de pintura nas missões do Japão e da China no século XVII

Campos, A. C., 2018, Viagens, Produtos e Consumos Artísticos.: O espaço Ultramarino Português, 1450-1900. Albergaria, I. S. D. & Chaves, D. N. (eds.). Lisboa: CHAM, p. 45-64 20 p. (CHAM eBooks | Debates; vol. 3).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Ecos da Pérsia no azulejo português do século XVII

Campos, A. C., 2018, Portugal no Golfo Pérsico: 500 Anos. Castelo-Branco, M. & J. S. Barata, P. (eds.). Lisboa: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, p. 191-198 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Exchanging Artistic Practices and Textual Narratives: The Jesuit Painting Seminary in Japan (Late 16th – Early 17th Centuries)

Campos, A. C., 2018, History of Mathematical Sciences: Portugal and East Asia V - Visual and Textual Representations in Exchanges Between Europe and East Asia 16th - 18th Centuries. Saraiva, L. & Jami, C. (eds.). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co, p. 203-220 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Artistic Practice

Arte Nanban

Curvelo, A., 2016, Dicionário da Expansão Portuguesa (1415-1600). Contente Domingues, F. (ed.). 1 ed. Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores, Vol. 1. p. 124-129 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Activities 2013 2018

  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity

“Music, Theatre, and Painting in the Japanese Christian Mission (16th-17th centuries)”

Alexandra Curvelo Campos (Invited speaker)
27 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

“Dialogues and Misunderstandings in the Japanese Catholic Mission during the early Modern age”

Alexandra Curvelo Campos (Invited speaker)
23 Aug 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

“Exchanging artistic practices and textual narratives: the Jesuit Painting Seminar in Japan (late 16th – early 17th centuries)”

Alexandra Curvelo Campos (Invited speaker)
7 Nov 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Direcção-Geral do Património Cultural (Publisher)

Alexandra Curvelo Campos (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

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