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RED, GOLD AND BLUE | Old Portuguese Stuff


Another jewel box room, this sacristy in Guimarães is again an exercise in Vernacular Baroque. It’s easy to get lost in the gilding, but check out the beautifully faint painted rococo stone walls (above), the rococo motifs in bright red on the ceiling coffers, the multitude of drawers in different sizes, natural and faux-marbled, the simple and moody paintings of saints. Finally, note how the centerpiece armoire comes back at the corners creating a small bench with a (surprise) painted rococo element in the back. We shot this while the congregation was praying the Rosary, which made it all the more fantastical.

Igreja de Santo António dos Capuchos, Guimarães

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