On the January 24 at the Fundação Oriente Delegation in India, Dr. Vanessa Antunes and Mr. José Pestana presented a conference on Painting in Goa in the 16th and 17th Centuries.
Both researchers are members of the study project De artibus in Auream Goa, coordinated by Professor Vitor Serrão and developed by ARTIS – Art History Institute of Faculdade de Letras da Universidade Nova, Lisbon and were in Goa on a field work trip.
During the presentation both researchers discussed the 16th century in Goa, the golden period of painting and crafts in the former Portuguese Estado da Índia, which is the object of study of the De artibus in Auream Goa project. In the reach commercial environment of the time, several artists, sculptures, jewellers, masons among others developed their work in the churches of the old city. Artists like Aleixo Godinho, João Peres, Jerónimo da Costa are now being discovered and some of their work known. Their outstanding legacy still exists in Goa but needs to be surveyed, studied and, most of all, restored.
On the second half of this conference, the audience was invited for a voyage through the several chapels and churches of Old Goa as means to assess and illustrate mural painting during the 16th and 17th centuries, being the best examples the Convent of Santa Mónica and Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount in Old Goa. Between the techniques used at the time, the singularity of sgraffito, Goan technique executed using the principals of fresco was highlighted.
An audience of 80 people, among which several representatives of institutions dedicated to research and preservation of cultural heritage, were present.