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José Meco

Portuguese decorative artist. His apprenticeship was probably undertaken with Master PMP, the painter of glazed tiles. His most important commission between 1729 and 1731 was for the panels of blue and white tiles, made in Lisbon, that cover the lower storey of the cloister of Oporto Cathedral, which represent scenes from the Song of Solomon. These panels are characteristic of the High Baroque phase of tile-making and show an appreciation of theatre and stage design in the deepening landscape backgrounds of the figurative panels, in the bold outlines and in the enlarged ornamental framing. The spectacular arched frames of the Oporto panels were influenced by Roman Baroque architectural ornament....

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José Meco

Portuguese decorative artist. He was highly active in the second quarter of the 18th century, during the period when High Baroque glazed tiles were produced in the Lisbon factories. His output was enormous, and his work was distributed throughout Portugal and Brazil. In partnership with his son-in-law, the painter ...

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José Meco

Portuguese painter and decorative artist. He may have been a pupil or collaborator of Gabriel del Barco y Minusca, whose work his resembles in the spontaneity of the painting, though Pereira’s work is more elaborate and careful in execution. The signed panels in the Capela Dourada in the church of the Ordem Terceira de S Francisco (Third Order of St Francis), Recife (Brazil), representing hunting scenes, date from ...

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Flemish sculptor, architect and potter. He was probably first trained in his father’s carpenter’s workshop; in 1715 he was registered in Bruges as a master carpenter. He then worked with the Ghent sculptor Jan Boecksent (1660–1727), who had been assigned to decorate the Récolets church in Bruges and who was involved in the creation of the academy of Bruges. In ...

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José Meco

Portuguese decorative artist and designer. In 1723 he was living in Lisbon; in 1727 he was living in Oporto. He was first known in 1727 as designer of carved and gilded wooden retables for the cathedral of Oporto (destr.) and of the retable (1729...

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José Meco

Portuguese decorative artist. He may have been a pupil of Gabriel del Barco y Minusca, and he was certainly influenced by the panels of glazed tiles imported from the Netherlands and by the work of António de Oliveira Bernardes.

In 1703 Santos completed the tiled covering of the sanctuary of the parish church of Sardoal, begun by del Barco, in which two of the finest panels are devoted to the ...

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José Meco

Portuguese painter. He was apprenticed between 1707 and 1711 to the Lisbon workshop of António de Oliveira Bernardes. There he absorbed the Baroque vocabulary that is evident in his early signed tile panels of scenes from the Life of St Benedict (c. 1715) in the sanctuary of the church of S Bento, Viano do Castelo, and which reveals the influence of the painter known as ...