Trade and cultural interaction
The material culture that resulted from trade, which at first was disseminated among the elite, afterwards became accessible to another tier of the general population.
The city of Lisbon, which was an important port of entrance for foreign products, played an important role in the diffusion of new tastes and habits. The tastes learned and the habits acquired were then transformed before finally being adopted by a number of other European courts in their ceremonial and courtly rituals.
The material culture that resulted from trade, which at first was disseminated among the elite, afterwards became accessible to another tier of the general population: commodities such as coffee, tea and chocolate became popular beverages, prompting the creation and adoption of new styles in the fine and applied arts, such as bureau cabinets to display porcelain. Sometimes the exotic and picturesque mingled, thus the concept of the exotic was in itself enlarged.
Grande Panorama de Lisboa / Panoramic View of Lisbon
National Tile Museum
Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Attributed to Gabriel del Barco
Blue and white glazed earthenware
Lisbon is recorded on this tile panel, measuring almost 23 m-wide, produced before the earthquake of 1755. Depicting approximately 14 km of the riverbank, it shows a vast panoramic view of the capital and its outskirts, with focus on the centre of political and economic power, including the development of the city around the Royal Palace of Ribeira. Lisbon played a major role in the dissemination throughout Europe of new products, tastes and habits.