A stroll through the village

A stroll through the village

It is said of Alfredo Roque Gameiro that he painted in watercolor like others paint in oil. These illustrations for Júlio Dinis' novel As Pupilas do Senhor Reitor attest to that statement. For this set, Roque Gameiro went on to find the town which best fit the narrative in the novel. He found that the landscape in and around Santo Tirso was a perfect match. He even went to the point of buying the period's clothes and hiring models to pose for him in different settings around the town.Read more
The return of the prodigal sun

The return of the prodigal sun

After several weeks in preparation, the sketches done during the six-month challenge by Pedro Cabral to the Urban Sketchers Portugal has, at last, seen the daylight! Alfredo Roque Gameiro left Minde to work, sketch and paint in the streets of Lisboa in the early 20th century. Last saturday, nearly a hundred sketches, done by over fifty authors, revisiting the original hundred locations depicted by the notorious watercolorist settled in his native town to pay him homage. Depois de várias semanas de preparação, os desenhos feitos durante o desafio de seis meses proposto pelo Pedro Cabral aos Urban Sketchers Portugal viu, finalmente a…Read more
A Baixa vista do Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara

A Baixa vista do Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara

A strange and sunny day had hit the city when Pedro Alves and I decided it was time to face the mighty challenge of sketching the crown jewel of Roque Gameiro's portfolio. Beforehand, we had the minor challenge of having to climb half way up the São Roque hill. We've been avoiding this because of its time-consuming potential, but an unusually long break from work had blessed us. From the vantage point, with the whole downtown at our feet, we could pinpoint almost all of the sites where we had sketched in the footsteps…Read more
Rua do Século (antiga Rua Formosa)

Rua do Século (antiga Rua Formosa)

From the Alto da Cotovia, many stories have rolled down the hill - a cleptomaniac arsonist, doomed construction sites, an underground water reservoir that still exists to this date, with an unconspicuous underground path to São Pedro de Alcântara and branching out in all directions of the hill of the Jesuits. All these stories are already better told that I could ever tell them, right here. Our story is a much simpler one to tell: having depleted the Roque Gameiro sites in our jurisdiction (those which our lunchtime allows), Pedro Alves, Tomás Reis and…Read more
Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia (Rua da Mouraria)

Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia (Rua da Mouraria)

This old 16th century portal in the edge of the old town of Lisboa, in the area called Mouraria, aparently hides architectural and artistic treasures inside its doors. There's a police station in what used to be a children's hospital and later a home for orphan boys. Loads of stories - biblical stories - are told in the walls of the eight flights of stairs that go up the inner patio of the building, in the form of azulejo, the blue painted tiles that are so present in Portuguese monuments. (to be continued) Este…Read more