During the rule of Portuguese King Manuel I, he decided to have them imported from Seville, Spain.
After the earthquake in 1755, the whole city was transformed with azulejos in houses, churches, and streets.
5. Blue painted on white clay. Represents a story in the bible. The blue and white from the Moors and the human figures from Portugal.
Color scheme: blue monochromatic
Line: curves (nature mood), line shave different thicknesses creating depth
Shape: biomorphic (religon, humans)
Form: humans are round and the building in the background is square.
Texture: smooth because of the tiles
4. Blue and yellow paint painted on white clay. It's purpose is to be a symmetrical decoration. Geometric shapes and blue and white from Moors with yellow.
Color scheme: complimentary colors (blue and yellow orange)
Line: symmetrical horizontal and vertical lines give it calm, and balance human feeling
Shape: geometric, math (circles,
1. Azulejos comes from the Arabic name “polished stone”. 2. Azulejos were first made in Egypt by the Moors who introduced the Azulejos to Spain in the 15th century when they were in control of the country.
During the 17th century the only two colors used in the Azulejos were white and blue which was influenced by the Ming Dynasty porcelain from China. Nowadays the dominant colors are blue, white, yellow, and green. The Moors only had geometric shapes to their tile but the Portuguese had that changed by adding animal and human figures in their designs.