Bartolomeu Antunes


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(b Lisbon, 1688; d Lisbon, 1753). Portuguese tile painter and decorative artist. His output was enormous, and his work was distributed throughout Portugal and Brazil. He worked in partnership with his son-in-law, the painter Nicolau de Freitas (c. 1703-65). Under the influence of Joanine wood-carving and silver, the decorative borders of their tiles became richer and more elegant, dominated by grimacing masks and cascading palm and acanthus foliage. The tile makers adapted the convention of using arched frames, which end in garlanded volutes often accompanied by cherubs, for their high dado panels.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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