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Francisco d’Holanda

House

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About the Suite

House – Our most recent suite/house, beautifully restored within our garden walls as an independent home from the palace and direct access to the garden, pool and sauna, and lovely view over the narrow streets of the S. Jorge Castle neighbourhood. This two bedroom suite (doubles or twins) has a private patio and garden, wc, living room and two bedrooms (one with a private mezzanine library). Its magnificent light and surroundings reflect a fusion of the modern Portuguese architecture and our peaceful garden ambience. Area 129 sqm.

Beds: Double beds / Twin beds
Number of bedrooms: 2
Occupancy: 4 guests
Details: includes a small patio/garden with direct access to the pool and sauna
Size: 129 sqm
View: View over the S. Jorge Castle neighbourhood, Alfama bairro, Belmonte garden.

Price: 2.000,00€/night with complementary breakfast and VAT included (City tax – 1€/person/day not included).
Special holidays: S. Valentines, Easter and Christmas holidays an extra cost of 100€ per suite will be applied.

Who was Francisco d’Holanda

Francisco de Holanda (originally Francisco d’Olanda; Lisbon born; 6 September 1517 – 19 June 1585) was a court painter, architect, and sculptor for the Portuguese King João III, and later for Sebastian of Portugal. He is considered to be one of the most important figures of the Portuguese Renaissance.
Francisco was also an essayist, architect and historian. He represented the intelligible reality of the Holy Trinity through a “hypothetical” syntax of geometrical figures. He insisted on the contrast between the ideal plane, the incorporeal form and the “imperfect copy in the terrestrial zone”. His visual language demonstrated a mixture of Neoplatonism, Christian Kabbalah and finally Lullism.

In education, Francisco de Holanda emphasized mathematics and geometry, subsequently anticipating Clavius’s reforms of the late 16th century.
Sylvie Deswarte said that “Francisco de Holanda gives a privileged place to cosmography and astrology in the education of the painter. On par with geometry, mathematics and perspective, he recommended them […] in order to reach the heavens in the hope of one day arriving to the Empyrean and realizing celestial works.

His career began as an illuminator at the age of 20. His father, António de Holanda, was also a royal illuminator. Francisco studied in Italy between 1538 and 1547, where he frequented the circle of Vittoria Colonna, one of the notables of the Italian Renaissance. Colonna provided him with access to some of the greatest artists of the period such as Parmigianino, Giambologna, and most importantly, Michelangelo, who introduced him to Classicism.
At the age of 30, he returned to Portugal and obtained various commissions from the reigning King of Portugal, the Cardinal-Archbishop of Évora, and later from King John III (1521-1557) and King Sebastian (1568-1578). Francisco died in Lisbon, Portugal on June 19, 1585, at the age of 68.

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Tel: (+351) 218 816 600 / (+351) 218 860 431

Email: reservations@palaciobelmonte.com

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