If you have been following me a while then you may recall that last year I shared two fascinating posts on a tiny museum in Vila Real de Santo António, in the south east of Portugal. Mum, MrB and I had discovered it when we had been visiting the stupendous presépio gigante. What I had totally forgotten to do though was to share with you what is on the first floor of the museum.
You may just enjoy exploring up here for the architecture as it is rather a splendid floor, or you may just get a little bit distracted like I did by Portugal’s largest collection of wood engravings.
They are all the work of Manuel dos Santos Cabanas who was born in 1902 in Vila Nova de Cacela, a tiny town near Vila Real de Santo António. We’ve driven through but not actually stopped there as we have always been drawn to its older namesake Cacela Velha. However I am getting distracted, this post is meant to be about the wood engravings!
Throughout his life Manuel was politically active; leading campaigns, spending time in jail and sitting in the Assembly of the Republic. And he clearly felt his politics was what defined him; “I am a man of the people and with the people I identify myself”
However he was also known for his teachings and writings, and every year a small society comes together in Vila Real de Santo Antonio to commemorate his birth.
And of course he is known for his artistry. As you can see from this post he was a prolific artist, creating beautiful wood cuts. Whilst the portraits were excellent, it was the scenes depicting every day life in Portugal during the last century that really caught my eye.
Manuel donated his creations to the museum here in the 1970s, and it looks like it is now a permanent exhibition. Just a shame though they are not been kept in the best atmospheric conditions as we noticed quite a few of the book covers were curling.
There is also a random collection of typewriters and a comptometer. No idea why this is here, but it makes a rather nice way to finish this post for Six Word Saturday!