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date: 12 December 2019

Metrass, Franciscolocked

(b Lisbon, 1825; d Funchal, Madeira, 1861).
  • Lucília Verdelho da Costa

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(b Lisbon, 1825; d Funchal, Madeira, 1861).

Portuguese painter of German origin. In 1836 he entered the Academia de Belas-Artes in Lisbon and was a pupil of António Manuel da Fonseca and Joaquim Rafael. He became interested in historical subjects and first exhibited at the Academia in 1843. In 1844 he went to Rome with Luís Pereira de Meneses; there they frequented the studio of Friedrich Overbeck. Metrass was influenced by the Nazarenes, whose work inspired his early Jesus Welcoming the Children (1846; Aveiro, Mus. Reg.). After travelling in Italy he visited Paris before returning to Lisbon in 1847. There he was disillusioned by the failure of an exhibition of his work and went back to Paris, where he remained until 1851. His first history paintings in this period show the influence of French Romanticism, as in Widow Weeping by her Dead Husband (c. 1849; Lisbon, Mus. N. A. Contemp.). In 1852, after his return to Lisbon in ...

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