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Exploring azulejos

Algarve History Association (AHA) is hosting a talk by Rachel Barnard on Portuguese azulejos on Monday, May 14 at the Municipal Library of Tavira, from 6pm.

Rachel Barnard, a former lecturer in Politics at the University of Westminster, will be addressing the AHA audience for the second time.

Over the last 500 years, azulejos have been the luxury of the poor and the ostentation of the rich. It is the most genuine manifestation of Portuguese visual arts over this period.

There is, however, more to azulejos than their aesthetic function. Their use, technology and taste reflect the ups and down of Portuguese political and economic life. This talk will explore the specific events that influenced the artistic and functional use of azulejos over 500 years.

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