Curiosity: PONTA DE DIAMANTE “Diamond’s point” tiles composition. Studies in graphite and watercolor.(Padrão de azulejos ponta de diamante). 3 x 3.
Made in Talavera (Spain) and applied for the very first time in Lisbon probably in 1596, the tiles crimp the interior of the walls of the São Roque church, like a reliquary or a jewel box, creating an impression of paving and strong three-dimensional spaces. Just like the inverted diamonds, mounted on rings in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, this tapestry of “diamond’s point” was then a great success in Portugal. The São Roque church, entirely designed in Italy and built in Lisbon, is considered to be at the origin of the first portuguese figurative azulejos and signed composition tiles.