Portugal, Tomar

The Convent of Christ and the Renaissance culture in Tomar

when 10 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 950

This project involves the critical consideration of the various spaces materialised in the Convent of Christ for
centuries but whose strongest definition occurs in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Through the analysis of
pictorial and sculptural practices, and of all the remains from the consecration of this "ideal city", such as the
church, the eight cloisters that still survive, the dormitories, the amazing cloaca or, later, the big new infirmary, students will also be able to understand the political, cultural and aesthetic program that gives voice
to the ideological pressures exerted in Portugal for a long period of time.

During two weeks, students will be in touch with and learn about the architectural structures of the Convent, in a permanent challenge of intelligibility, but will also be involved in the planning of an exhibition out of the assets of the collection of sculpture kept in the Convent. With this experience, meant to encourage the musealization of the Convent’s reserves, a new approach to formal issues of Renaissance sculpture in Portugal will take place.

The program includes visits in several days to sites, in the city of Tomar and in the central region of Portugal, that present greater formal and aesthetic affinities to the Convent of Christ and to the Renaissance culture. In addition to the circuits that will take place in the city of Tomar and in the area of direct influence of the Convent, study visits to Coimbra and Évora will also occur; there, we can study an artistic culture of diverse sense, which is, however, connected to the Portuguese Renaissance culture.

Throughout the duration of the Summer Course, there will be seminars with various topics presented in a comprehensive, dynamic and questioning manner.

Course leader

Maria de Lurdes Craveiro (mlacraveiro@gmail.com)

Target group

Art History Students
All individuals interested in art history and heritage from a practical, but also theoretically and scientifically informed point of view

Course aim

The perception that the Renaissance humanist culture in Portugal is in a long time duration and
it is not limited to the first decades of the sixteenth century.
The knowledge of the political and cultural strategies in the Convent of Christ over the 15th and
16th centuries.
The understanding of a cultural and artistic universe with different expressions and rhythms
(with particular emphasis on painting and sculpture) in Tomar.
The understanding of the proximity and the results operated between the courts and the
powers in the Iberian Peninsula.
The debate and the questioning of the relevance of the "plain style" advanced to the
Portuguese architecture by George Kubler.
The experience of asset protection through the intervention in the Aqueduct of Pegões.
The experience of musealization with the sculpture collection in the reserves of the Convent of
Christ.

Credits info

4 EC
credits offered in Art History or Museology
Institution offering the credits: University of Coimbra, Portugal

Fee info

EUR 950: without academic credits

The cost includes fieldwork training, seminars, housing, fieldtrips and cultural excursions
(transportation and admission to sites/museums) and meals.
Airfare is not included.
EUR 1050: with academic credits

The cost includes fieldwork training, seminars, housing, fieldtrips and cultural excursions
(transportation and admission to sites/museums) and meals.
Airfare is not included.