This next piece is called Leonor, a bookcase, and it’s inspired in the Architectural visions of D. Manuel I.
D. Manuel I, was the 14th king of Portugal and had the nickname of “The Fortunate”, “The Blessed” or “Lucky” by both the happy events that led to the throne, like those that occurred during his reign. He proceeded with the maritime explorations, initiated by his predecessors, which led to the discovery of sea route to India by Vasco da Gama and the discovery of Brazil by Pedro Álvares Cabral, crucial to the expansion of the Portuguese overseas empire.
He had three wives, the last of them being D. Eleanor (Leonor)
, sister of Charles V of Castile, who became Queen of Portugal in 1518.The reign of Manuel I, was a prosperous one with enormous in art and styles, a result of maritime expansion that he continued to embrocate. It is in his reign that new projects are initiated, which is called the Manueline Style. The Manueline style, sometimes also called Portuguese late Gothic or flaming, is a sculptural and decorative style. It is a variation of the late Gothic and Moorish art or Luso-Mudejar.
The most dominant feature of this style is the exuberance of forms, with a strong naturalistic interpretation symbolically linked to the characteristics of the personality of the monarch himself, as well as maritime expansion and the nationalist spirit.In addition to all architectural elements, the window is the element that most characterizes it, and it’s through D. Manuel I, that the tile comes to Portugal at the turn of the fifteenth to the sixteenth century.
In the year 1498, in one of his trips to Spain, D. Manuel I was impressed by the exuberance of Moorish interior. So he has the desire to edify his residence like the places he visited in Seville and Toledo; tile makes its first appearance in Portugal, in the National Palace of Sintra, the Monarch’s residence, who became one of the best examples of originality in the use of this material.In it is reflected, besides the light, the repertoire of the Portuguese imagination, the realistic description and attraction for cultural exchange and the consequence of the Portuguese Discoveries.