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Baroque and Mannerism


Padre António Vieira preaching to the Indians (AHU)

These were aesthetic tendencies in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that, beginning with the visual arts, accompanied the classicist movement in the form of dialogue, confrontation or even mutual insertion. The most significant representatives of these tendencies were Camões in lyrical poetry, Padre António Vieira (Sermons and Letters) and D. Francisco Manuel de Melo (in both lyrical poetry and the theatre, Auto do Fidalgo Aprendiz).

Whilst mannerism revealed itself in the form of a connection with classical literary models that both refined and improved their characteristics, stressing the details of composition and its static character, and expressing a certain melancholic tendency, the baroque was defined by the spectacular exhibition of semantic and syntactic conflicts and contrasts, which were centred around a reflection on time and change.

There are two anthologies that contain a remarkable collection of baroque texts: Fénix Renascida and Postilhão de Apolo.

D. Francisco Manuel de Melo, 
Auto do Fidalgo Aprendiz

Workshop of Domingos Carneiro, 1676








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