"The Age of the Baroque in Portugal" by Jay Levenson

The Age of the Baroque in Portugal Jay Levenson

Publication date:
27 Oct 1993
National Gallery Washington
256 pages: 279 x 229mm
25 b-w + 140 color illus.


The eighteenth century was a true golden age for the visual arts in Portugal. The discovery of fabulous deposits of gold, diamonds, and emeralds in Brazil suddenly made Portugal’s court the wealthiest in all of Europe, enabling patronage of the arts on a lavish scale. This handsome volume is the first major work in English to be devoted to this period of Portuguese art and history.

Written by historians such as Kenneth Maxwell and specialists in art and architectural history such as Hellmut Wohl and Jennifer Montagu, the book tells the story of this unique age—its politics, society, and history. Focusing on the reigns of King João V, who ruled from 1706 to 1750, and King José I, who ruled from 1750 to 1777, the book reproduces and discusses more than one hundred works of art—including paintings, architecture, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and textiles—that illustrate the extraordinary quality of Portuguese artistic production and patronage.

Jay Levenson is Managing Curator of the Elegance and Enlightenment exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.

"This volume contains much fine scholarship and illustrative material. . . . [It is] a solid and attractive introduction to the history and visual arts of eighteenth-century Portugal."?Carl A. Hanson, American Historical Review

"[A] handsome and carefully edited volume. . . . The high quality prints have detailed explanation for each entry, organized according to the type of patronage represented?secular, royal, or religious. . . . The volume makes a signal contribution. . . . It provides something that has, heretofore, been regrettably lacking; a major work in English devoted to the Baroque period of Portuguese art and history."?Carmo Ponte, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies