- Pedro Dias
(fl second half of 17th century).
Portuguese sculptor. He is associated with a school of sculpture that flourished in the second half of the 17th century and was based in the Cistercian abbey of Sta Maria, Alcobaça (see Alcobaça Abbey, §1), the largest foundation of this order in Portugal. It is known from chronicles by authors living in the abbey that the White Friars were responsible for the sculpture decorating their buildings and that their workshop supplied statues for other public institutions as well as for commissions from private individuals, such as Dom António Alvares da Cunha, Lord of Tábua, who became a patron in 1678. It is not possible to attribute any specific group of statues to Frei Pedro, but contemporary documents indicate that he was the leading artist and head of the workshop at Alcobaça towards the end of the 17th century. One relief attributed to him, depicting the Death of St Bernard...