Sunday, January 30, 2011

Card #2 from Portugal, naval war scene on tile mural

Another fantastic card from my friend Laura Termes, posted at Portugal on her way back from Egypt to England. I am impressed to have a friend like her, picking a card of my choice, remembering me even on her vacation. Thank you Laura.

Mural - any piece of artwork painted directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface.

Tile Mural - Tile murals / tile paintings, which cover complete walls and give a wall painting-like impression. Tile murals are typically found in countries around the Mediterranean Sea such as Morocco, Tunisia and Arabic countries, in Portugal and Spain mostly in an often monochrom-colored form, the Azulejo.

The Azulejo refers to a typical form of Portuguese or Spanish painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tile work. They have become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture, manifesting without interruption during five centuries the consecutive trends in art.

Azulejos can be found inside and outside churches, palaces, ordinary houses and even train stations or subway stations. They were not only used as an ornamental art form, but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control at homes. Many azulejos chronicle major historical and cultural aspects of Portuguese history.

The card above depicts an 18th Century naval war scene on tile mural.

Source: Wikipedia

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