Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The castle-shaped belvedere / O mirante acastelado

Belvederes and other follies were always part of these mansions built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, by Portuguese emmigrants returned from Brazil that could by this way demonstrate their wealth after many years of hard labour. Many of these "Casas de Brasileiros", or "Brazilianmen's houses" still can be found in Porto and Braga districts, and elsewhere, many of them abandoned or ruined.
Mirantes e outras extravagâncias faziam sempre parte destes casarões construídos nos finais do séc. XIX e início do séc. XX por emigrantes retornados do Brasil, que assim podiam exibir a fortuna acumulada após anos de duro labor. Muitas destas "Casas de Brasileiros" ainda podem ser vistas nas regiões do Porto, Braga e outras, muitas delas abandonadas ou em ruínas.
Fabriano cold-pressed 7"x5" - 90lb (18x12,5cm - 200g/m2) paper


Rob Carey said...

Another great one, Paulo.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thank you, Rob.

Terry Banderas said...

I found your site and am enjoying your art. Like your style and look in your watercolors.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thank you, Terry. I like your works in ink and watercolor, too.
Have a nice weekend and Haloween!