Two artworks by Maximiano Alves for the combatants of the Great War, Lisbon: their comparison and significance

Agnès Anne Françoise Le Gac Arinto, Ricardo Lopes, Martim Arinto

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This paper focuses on two artworks by the Portuguese sculptor Maximiano Alves, in Lisbon: the Mausoleum to the Combatants of the Great War (1933) erected at Alto de São João's Cemetery and the Portuguese Soldier, the statue of this very memorial, of the same scale but in painted plaster instead of bronze, on display at the Lisbon Military Museum. To date, very little is known about them and their specific relationship from a material and technological point of view. Based on recent research, this paper aims first to revise the circumstances of their creation in the context of the post-war period and then to discuss both tangible aspects inherent to their implementation and intangible values underlying their conception, their use and their transformations over time. Originality, Uniqueness and Palimpsest as concepts are addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntangibility Matters
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the IPERION CH international conference on the values of tangible heritage IMaTTe 2017, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), 29-30 Maio 2017
EditorsMarluci Menezes, Dória Costa, José Delgado Rodrigues
PublisherLaboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Patologia e Reabilitação das Construções
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-972-49-2295-9
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • Tangible Heritage / Immaterial values / First World War / Ancient techniques / Maximiano Alves


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