I have – but only a few days ago when I went to Convento da Graça to see The Procession of Corpus Christi exhibition I read about a while ago on Agenda Cultural Lisboa.
I wasn’t interested the 1.587 clay miniatures in the procession. The reason why I went was because the exhibition took place in the Convent next to the Graça Church. Our neighbour and a place that has been closed like a prison for years.
But it wasn’t even the convent that caught my interest. What interested me were the tiles on the walls. The tiles I have been searching for since before we decided to move to Lisbon – tiles i got to know about during my research.
These grotesque horror tiles we’re right in front of me! On the walls that surrounded the miniatures miniatures!
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 mentions them.
And why is it so difficult to find information about it online? Since I didn’t know know the story on the panels, like names, places, years, occasions – I couldn’t google it.
It was a mere coincidence that I found the story.
And with help from Google Image Search.
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 the panels in October 2015.
The occasion was the unveiling of a copy of one of the Graça Panels at a historic wine-making Chateau in Eastern Georgia.
Read the story here before you visit the panels here in Graça.
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