domingo, 29 de maio de 2011

D. Afonso V and the 31 May 1469

On this day, at an uncertain hour, on a unpredictable place, an infant was borned!
He was a son of a prince and one day he'd become king of one of the greatest empires of the Renascence period!!
By that time the kingdom of Portugal was submerged into the discouveries ond conquers in Africa led by king D.Afonso V who would nicknamed "The African".

In the 1450's with the fall of Constantinopla, Afonso was the first to respond Pope Calisto III's request to fight back on a cruzade that never happened, so the portuguese king took advantage and set sail not to Constantinopla but to Africa where he between 1458 and 1471 conquered Alcacer Ceguer, Anafé e Arzila.
To celebrate such triumphs, King D.Afonso V, as a prince of his time, ordered he's legend on a series of tapestries in Tournai (now Belgium).

Its true that the great king didn't saw their arrival but in fact nobody did!
In 1530's they appeared but in Spain where they stayed untill today...

Salazar, the portuguese dictator, tried to get them back in 1930 but he could only be given copies of it which are today in Guimarães at the Palacio Ducal dos Duques de Bragança.

Last year, thanks to a partnership between Portugal and Spain the real ones came to Lisboa where they stayed exhibited at Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (where I visited them 3 times!)
Since an early age I've been fascinated by the imagery of these tapestries and last year I started working on what I'm showing you now, for my great honnour and King D.Afonso V's too!

It was in this very same Portugal that in 31st May 1469 the future kind D.Manuel I was borned and if it wasn't for this uncle - King D.Afonso V - surely he wouldn't have been as fortunate as his epitaph would remember him!

quarta-feira, 4 de maio de 2011

Human evolution?

In March, April or May, Easter should be usefull to remind us, just like during Xtmas, that we are not alone and that there are people suffering!
Plus, for me, Christ might not just be the son of a god but a simbol of all who suffer from stupidity and the small minded world that we are all living in that nail us into crosses made out of stereotyped behaviours, manners and ideas that we are all absolutly and revoltingly tired of!
Christ - the man - apart from religious believes, suffered and died because others couldn't stand his difference and his spirit's greatness! 
Shall we continue to allow such purblinding way of... lets say... evolution...?!