History Painter

Trained in Rome as a history painter in the period between 1791 and 1807, Domingos António de Sequeira mainly broached medieval episodes linked to the heroic deeds of the first kings of Portugal, almost always commissioned by the Royal House and destined for Mafra or the new Ajuda Palace. Taken to Brazil by the royal family in 1807, many of these works have yet to be traced.

Looking at two of these paintings, known through various preparatory studies, this exhibition allows us to connect with Sequeira’s method of work and piece together a little-known facet of his work and one of the most intriguing pages of Portuguese art history at the turn of the 18th to the 19th century.

Alexandra Gomes Markl