About two sets of Portuguese miniature high-reliefs

Agnès Anne Françoise Le Gac Arinto, Teresa I. Madeira, Isabel Nogueira, Anísio Franco, ML Carvalho

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Two sets of polychrome terracotta high-reliefs, representing two Christian narrative cycles, are studied in depth. Authorship, original historical or artistic contexts, and technological aspects of their manufacture were unknown. In an attempt to find answers, research was undertaken to evaluate the relationship between the elements of each set, the production techniques, the similarities in polychromy, the materials and the finishing layers. The written historical records have been compiled to trace any clues capable of contextualising these artworks. The authors have also tried to find references to this type of production, and possible sources of inspiration, by comparing earlier artworks. The research approach combined a traditional humanistic framework with a scientific study of paint samples.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolychrome Sculpture: Decorative Practice and Artistic Tradition
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the ICOM-CC 3rd International Symposium of the Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decorations-SPAD Working group
EditorsStephanie Litjens, Kate Seymour
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2017


  • Cultural heritage, polychrome sculpture, high-reliefs, terracotta, metal coatings, composite materials, optical microscopy, SEM imaging.


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