RESEARCH CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE ARTS
After its days of glory in the 18th century, on a par with wood carvings and tiles, stuccoed decoration slowly went out of fashion, its potential clients losing interest and consequently driving away the artisans who devoted their lives to this art. It was not by chance that renowned workshops that had worked here for decades underwent periods of crisis in the 30s, and worked predominantly in civil construction, ending up by closing down in the 70s, once again when they were predominantly engaged in civil construction.
Jewellery in Portugal represents a universe filled with information that has been widely documented in terms of manuscript and iconographic sources, given the transversal relevance that marked Portuguese society on many levels. Ranging from the opulent aristocracy to the ambitious middle-classes, which considered precious adornments an important form of affirmation, the groups with purchasing power lent the pieces they used for adornment, an effective means of affirming their power and social prestige. The book is divided into three parts. One dedicated to a reading of jewellery in Portugal and its use in the 18th-20th centuries; another to gem setters and cutters and their production in the 18th and 19th centuries in Porto; and a third part about so-called popular goldsmithery.
[Examination and Identification of Works of Art] Miguel Cabral de Moncada provides in this book introductory notions about expert' actions on artistic objects, from the analysis of materials and distinctive elements to the historical period and the constraints of the artwork itself.
The scientific field of decorative arts, spanning the most distinct domains, is meeting in Portugal in recent years some reflection, within the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University. Creating Masters courses and the existence of several researchers who have chosen this university to develop doctoral studies in these areas, impel us to create the Journal of Decorative Arts. For this, we turn to a group of researchers who collaborate with us to form the Editorial Board, inviting prestigious national and international experts for its Scientific Council. Number 6 is already publish online with full access.
Conservation and Restoration of Decorative Arts in Architectural Application