Pre-Modern Visual and Material Cultures


RG Coordinator

Sílvia Ferreira






Integrated Researchers

Alexandra Curvelo

Carla Varela Fernandes

Maria João Pereira Coutinho

Maria Joao Vilhena Carvalho

Maria João Vilhena de Carvalho


Nuno Senos

Pedro Flor

Sabina de Cavi Florence_edited

Sabina de Cavi


Helder Carita*

Susana Varela Flor*

*also integrates the RG LxSt


Collaborating Researchers

Andreia Martins Torres

Cátia Mourão

Hannah Sigur

Hilda Frias

Joana Ramoa_edited

Joana Ramôa Melo

Maria Jesus Duran Kremer

Maria de Jesus Duran Kremer


Maria João Petisca

Rui Oliveira Lopes

Ulrike Körber



Non-PhD Researchers

Carolina Proença

Francesca Iorio

Joanna Cieminska

João Júlio Rumsey Teixeira

José Bruto da Costa

Lúcia Valdevino

Madalena MatosMadalena Matos

Manuel Apóstolo foto

Manuel Apóstolo

Margot Opitz Vilaça

Marta Sucena Paiva

Matilde Relvas

Matilde Relvas

Nuno Villamariz Oliveira

Nuno Villamariz Oliveira

Pablo Gumiel

Pablo Gumiel Campos

Foto Raquel Seixas

Raquel Seixas




Ornament and Decorative Arts
Cultural Transfers
Social Life of Objects
Reception and Meanings



Pre-MODERN results from the fusion of 2 former groups: Artistic Horizons of Hispania and Medieval and Modern Art Studies. It articulates with the Thematic Line “Cultural Transfers in a Global Perspective” focusing on the networks that connected distant regions and facilitated transfers. The research carried on by its members (including 8 Post-Doc fellows) concentrates on the movement of objects and people, materials and models, as well as intangible culture (knowledge, technical skills, literature). It covers a wide range of geographic areas (from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific) and periods (from the 1st century A.D. to the 18th century). This broad range allows for novel approaches and transcultural comparisons, breaking down traditional stylistic divisions, and looking to the social, political and economic realities of each period to better understand its cultural production.
Pre-MODERN studies the dynamics that surpass individual cases. More specifically, it focus on questions regarding the reception, appropriation, adaptation, rejection and/or resistance towards imported artistic models and concepts; the mobility of artists, merchants, diplomats and other agents that have disseminated these models and concepts through traveling and working in various environments; the movement of objects, studied not only for their artistic worth, but as material objects that transmitted new values to different cultural environments and initiated cultural sequences of great importance (such as the azulejo or talha dourada transplanted in the colonies); and the circulation of ideas, concepts, and texts that played a fundamental role in implementing practices, such as in the case of architectural treatises.
Its members, including Post-Doc fellows and PhD students, articulate with NOVA FCSH’s Art History Department through mobility programmes and Seminars’ offer for students and a more general public (teachers and tourism professionals).