E.J.Wilkins

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Parque das Nações, Lisbon


Rainha D. Catarina de Bragança (Queen Catherine of Braganza) by Audrey Flack

This statue of Catherine of Braganza (Queen Consort of Charles II) stands quite close to the Vasco da Gama Bridge and faces the River Tagus.

The statue was given to Lisbon by the "Friends of Queen Catherine" from the Queens district of New York, which tradition says is named after her ("Kings" became Brooklyn). It is a quarter scale version of the original which is ten metre (33ft) high.

I think there is a certain amount of "artistic license" here, making her look quite modern when compared with portraits of her that are held in the - National Portrait Gallery -
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Catherine of Braganza was born on 25th November 1638 at Vila Viçosa. Daughter of D. João IV de Portugal (John IV) and Louisa de Susman, (dau. of Duke of Medina Sedona). She was raised in a convent.

Catherine was married to - Charles II - by proxy at the Jerónimos Monastery in Belem, Lisbon on 23rd April 1662. After this she travelled to England, arriving in Portsmouth on 13th May. The marriage was formalised in London on 21st May.

The marriage was a political alliance, formed in part to ensure military support for Portugal which had become independent from Spain in 1640 following the death of the despised Miguel de Vasconcelos (Secretary of State "lover" of Duchess of Mantua).

Charles II, although he had mistresses, did "stick by her" and tolerated her Catholicism. She had no living children (at least two miscarriages) and, three years after Charles' death in 1685, returned to Portugal. She built a palace at  Bemposta, Abrantes/Lisbon (now a military building) where she spent the rest of her life. She was on two occasion Regent of Portugal - in 1701 and 1703.

She died on 31st December 1705 and is buried at the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém.
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Britain benefitted from Portuguese exploration.
Catherine brought with her the custom of drinking tea - at "tea time", she brought oranges, lemons and grapefruit, and the taste for eating marmalade (then made from quinces and oranges). She introduced using a fork for dining, and also drinking Port and Madeira Wine.
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There's more information about Catherine on the - Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment - website and also on - BBC h2g2 -
.

Parque das Nações, Lisbon


Rainha D. Catarina de Bragança (Queen Catherine of Braganza) by Audrey Flack

This statue of Catherine of Braganza (Queen Consort of Charles II) stands quite close to the Vasco da Gama Bridge and faces the River Tagus.

The statue was given to Lisbon by the "Friends of Queen Catherine" from the Queens district of New York, which tradition says is named after her ("Kings" became Brooklyn). It is a quarter scale version of the original which is ten metre (33ft) high.

I think there is a certain amount of "artistic license" here, making her look quite modern when compared with portraits of her that are held in the - National Portrait Gallery -
.....

Catherine of Braganza was born on 25th November 1638 at Vila Viçosa. Daughter of D. João IV de Portugal (John IV) and Louisa de Susman, (dau. of Duke of Medina Sedona). She was raised in a convent.

Catherine was married to - Charles II - by proxy at the Jerónimos Monastery in Belem, Lisbon on 23rd April 1662. After this she travelled to England, arriving in Portsmouth on 13th May. The marriage was formalised in London on 21st May.

The marriage was a political alliance, formed in part to ensure military support for Portugal which had become independent from Spain in 1640 following the death of the despised Miguel de Vasconcelos (Secretary of State "lover" of Duchess of Mantua).

Charles II, although he had mistresses, did "stick by her" and tolerated her Catholicism. She had no living children (at least two miscarriages) and, three years after Charles' death in 1685, returned to Portugal. She built a palace at  Bemposta, Abrantes/Lisbon (now a military building) where she spent the rest of her life. She was on two occasion Regent of Portugal - in 1701 and 1703.

She died on 31st December 1705 and is buried at the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém.
.....

Britain benefitted from Portuguese exploration.
Catherine brought with her the custom of drinking tea - at "tea time", she brought oranges, lemons and grapefruit, and the taste for eating marmalade (then made from quinces and oranges). She introduced using a fork for dining, and also drinking Port and Madeira Wine.
.....

There's more information about Catherine on the - Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment - website and also on - BBC h2g2 -
.

comments (11)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 01:32
The bridge in the background is a very nice touch, putting this into a modern context.
EJWilkins: Yes, I tried to clone it out but made a mess of it.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Mar 2009, 02:36
Fine sculpture, beautifully presented, Ellie.
EJWilkins: It's an interesting piece isn't it
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 04:16
Quite a wonderful statue. Nice shot. Excellent perspective.
EJWilkins: Looking at the sculptors other work http://www.audreyflack.com/AF/index.php it seems quite typical of her style
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 23 Mar 2009, 09:10
It's a beautiful statue photographed in a good angle.
EJWilkins: One of those awkward things, and the wrong time of day - the sun was directly behind the statue, which made it really difficult to get even a reasonable shot.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Mar 2009, 09:47
Great angle Ellie,is it metal
EJWilkins: Yes, I think it's bronze, although it looks as if there's some copper in there too - hence the green areas
Wonderful shot, good perspective.
EJWilkins: Thanks, it was the best I could manage at the time
You chose a great angle Ellie!
EJWilkins: It might have been better to try to get further away, but the river is a bit of a problem wink
It is a great shot of the statue Ellie but the inclusion of the bridge also makes this a good "old and new" image as well.
EJWilkins: I tried to clone out the bridge, tried to straighten it too - but it messed up the proportions of the statue, so I gave up. In a way it looks almost like a fan, so I can pretend it was deliberate!
If for nothing else I am grateful she introduced us to marmalade!
EJWilkins: Oh yes, and forks - where would the Two Ronnies have been without them? grin
A wonderful statue of her Ellie and the info'..is interesting...I love my toast and marmalade....Photographed from this angle..has put her on a high. Lovely shot.
EJWilkins: The base of the statue is quite high - she's standing on an orb. There are trees in the background, and the river is quite close in front of here, so the angle was a bit of Hobson's Choice, although I can pretend it was deliberate. wink
Perfect viewpoint

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