João Glama and The Earthquake of 1755

The dramatic events  witnessed by the artist João Glama (c. 1708-1792) led him to paint the picture know as The Earthquake of 1755. Presented in the form of a great panoramic view of different scenes from the castastrophes that destroyed Lisbon on All Saints' Day - the earthquake, the fire and the tsunami - the painting highlights some of the tragic consequences experienced by the population. Glama worked on this painting for more than 35 years, but it still remained unfinished. The recent restoration to which it has been subjected allows for an entirely fresh look at this work, while the documents that have been gathered together also offer another way of understanding this artist and his vast oeuvre.

Alexandra Markl
Celina Bastos

Thursday, january 18th | 18h