Palavra de Comissário #6
Palavra de Comissário #6

The piece behind me was chosen as the introductory
piece to the exhibition, which is an eighteenth-century Portuguese work that belongs to a genre that
emerged in the early part of the century that is known as the welcoming figure. These are
characters that are generally cut out to welcome people. In this case is a goddess, Minerva, who looks at the spectators,
and although she was a goddess of war, was a goddess of just wars, just causes. She
is a goddess who was connected to the arts, and therefore to culture, and I think that
she is therefore the ideal figure with which to start this exhibition, welcoming visitors
and inviting them to learn about an art that became extremely widespread in Portugal and
in other countries, with the extraordinary results that can be seen throughout the exhibition.

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