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CSMBR | Hospital Architecture in Portugal at the Dawn of Modernity

April 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hospital Architecture in Portugal at the Dawn of Modernity: Solutions, Practices, and Models

Joana Maria Balsa Carvalho De Pinho
Hospital architecture in Portugal is a subject little studied in general and art historiography, particularly with regards to the Middle and Early Modern Ages.
In historical terms, this moment is crucial and challenging; the period of the so-called reform and modernization of care, initiated by John II of Portugal (1455–1495) with the process of reorganization of care institutions, that is, the unification of small units, their assets and revenues, into larger institutions and with greater capacity to respond to the challenges of early modernity.
This institutional transformation will lead in turn to changes in the buildings, that is, the institutional type will define a new architectural typology. They led to the construction of new, larger hospitals, which allowed the renovation of hospital architecture and the application of new architectural models.
In this sense, and in order to study these issues, we developed the project Hospitalis: hospital architecture in Portugal at the beginning of modernity, whose research outlines will be presented in this seminar.


April 5
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR)
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