… I was of two minds about the tiles, which, in spite of variations in pattern and quality, are essentially variations on a single medium. Besotted when they were splendid, I was repelled when they were pedestrian. On a trip this spring, I decided to delve deeper into their development by visiting Lisbon’s Palácio Fronteira. Built as a 17th-century hunting lodge, and later remade into a genuine palace in the 18th century, it is a repository of European tile work—marked by a preponderance of Portuguese tiles, a crucial dash of Dutch, and a putative smattering of Spanish. Read J.S. Marcus’s feature on Palácio Fronteira in The Wall Street Journal
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