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Retable of the Chapel of Our Lady of Doctrine

José Rodrigues1688 - 1690

Museu de São Roque

Museu de São Roque

Although the chapel was built in the first half of the 17th century, its decoration dates from a later period, characterized by the Portuguese baroque known as the “national style”, which developed in the second half of the 17th century and onwards. This is the only side chapel in this church which is thoroughly covered inside by gilt wood work. The composition of the retable is centered on the tribune with pseudo-solomonic (or twisted) columns at the sides, decorated with typical popular Portuguese motifs - bunches of grapes, vine leaves, birds and standing infants. The side walls show recesses to protect reliquaries from the collection of John of Borgia.

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  • Title: Retable of the Chapel of Our Lady of Doctrine
  • Date: 1688 - 1690
  • Provenance: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Type: Gilt woodwork
  • Rights: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • External Link: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Medium: Gilt carved wood
  • Wood carver: José Rodrigues Ramalho (attrib.)
  • Manufactured: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Commission: This chapel was founded on April 1st, 1634, by the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Doctrine which used it for their private devotion. Endowed with its own statutes, this association played a major role in the technical and artistic work undertaken in São Roque's, providing a comprehensive team of craftsmen and artists with a variety of skills.

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