How Lisbon’s Dazzling Tile Traditions Continue to Thrive Today - Artsy 21-09-2018 | On a trip to Portugal this past summer, I was struck by the ubiquity and diversity of azulejos, as these tiles are called, and went on something of a pilgrimage to understand the origins of the tradition—and how contemporary artists, from Paula Rego to André Saraiva to Rem Koolhaas, are keeping it alive. Photo: Casa da Música, 2005. Courtesy of Viúva Lamego.
Massive 'Azulejo' Antique Tiled Plaque from Portugal. The tiles are mounted on a wooden backing, ca. 1890. The word azulejo literally means "small square tile. For centuries, Portuguese royalty and spiritual leaders have decorated the inside and outside of their palaces, homes and churches with brilliantly colored antique Portuguese tile art