Have you ever heard about the Martyrdom of Georgian Queen Ketevan?
I have – but only a few days ago when I went to Convento da Graça to see the The Procession of Corpus Christi exhibition I read about a while ago on Agenda Cultural Lisboa.
I wasn’t the 1587 clay miniatures that caught my interest. The reason I went was because the exhibition takes place in the Convent next to the Graça Church. Our neighbour and a place that has been closed like a prison in the 3 years we have lived here.
Ever since I read about the torture tiles in Graça during my research prior to our decision of starting up Tings Lisbon I have tried to find them.
Last week I found them – they are on the walls that surrounds the miniatures miniatures!
And they are amazing – or should I say: they are scary.
The way the unique & beautiful Portuguese tiles show cruel torture & executions of nuns and monks – in details you dare not dream about – is so grotesque that its hard to describe. You have to see them with your own eyes.
I have seen the exhibition twice – and will go back again before the exhibition close on 1 October.
Especially after reading about the story behind: The Martyrdom of Georgian Queen Ketevan?
Scenes from the Queen Ketevan Panels
The story about the panel.
There are so many strange things about this panel?
First the secrecy about its existence: Why isn’t it promoted at all? Not even the Tile museum mention it.
And why is it so difficult to find information about it online? Since I didn’t know about what was going on on the tiles – names, places, years, occasions – I couldn’t google it.
It was almost a coincidence I found the story.
When I cropped the most grotesque scene from my mobile pictures – the scene where a women gets strangled while an executioner cuts her right breast off with a glowing scissor – and googled the image I got directed to the Georgian Magazine AGENDA who wrote about it in October 2015 that wrote about it when a copy of one of the panels was unveiled at a historic wine-making Chateau in Eastern Georgia.
The remains of a woman kept in an Indian church likely belong to an ancient queen executed about 400 years ago, a new DNA analysis suggests.
The DNA analysis suggests the remains are those of Queen Ketevan, an ancient Georgian queen who was executed for refusing to become a member of a powerful Persian ruler’s harem. The findings are detailed in the January issue of the journal Mitochondrion.
Martyrdom of Georgian Queen Ketevan?
The panel was created in the late 17th Century by Portuguese experts and shows the Georgian Queen Ketevan’s torture in the historical Iranian city of Shiraz, Persia in 1624.
In 1614 Queen Ketevan went to Persia to negotiate with the Shah then surrendered herself in a bid to prevent an imminent Persian invasion of the East Georgian Kingdom of Kakheti.
Queen Ketevan was tortured and killed after she refused to renounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam while in captivity.
Her torture was witnessed and documented by Catholic missionaries from Portugal before being recreated on the panel, commissioned by the Catholic Church in the 17th Century.
This stunning horror story is now shown publicly in Graça. But for unknown reasons the organizers don’t promote it.
Until 1st October people can see the story on the tiled walls that surrounds The Procession of Corpus Christi exhibition