Collections in Focus represents a digital publishing initiative from Parques de Sintra with the objective of highlighting and raising the profile of the results of research and studies on the objects, characters and themes surrounding the collections of the National Palaces of Sintra, Queluz and Pena as well as other collections interconnecting with the experiences of the royal family in these environments.
This is a monograph published and distributed in a digital format via the Internet and correspondingly free to access whether in Portuguese, English or Spanish.
The launching of this publication thus seeks to exponentially boost access, sharing and disseminating the scientific knowledge associated with the collections held by the National Palaces under the management of Parques de Sintra as well as stimulating new research and studies that enhance the value of these collections through strengthening or establishing new focal points of academic or tourism attraction.
‘Collections in Focus’ is an editorial initiative open to the collaboration of external researchers, invited for such contributions, whether at academic, museum or heritage entities.
This editorial project is to make regular publications with the respective editions released in an eBook format (interactive PDF, optimised for both digital reading and printing).
ISBN of the collection: 978-989-99815-1-5
Painting held in the collections of the Royal House, endowed to the National Palace of Sintra in the final phase of the monarchy.
Author: Fernando Montesinos (art historian and museologist, curator at the National Palace of Sintra)
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2017
The first edition in the ‘Collections in Focus’ series approaches a court portrait that joined the collections of the Royal House under the title of “Portrait of King Sebastião”. This identification came in for challenges from an early date and while Portugal was still a monarchy. The alteration in the official title to “Portrait of a young nobleman, knight of the order of Calatrava” dates back to 2006 in conjunction with the attribution of the painting to Juan Pantoja de la Cruz (c.1553-1608), the leading portrait artist to the Spanish court in the late 16th and early 17th centuries under the reign of King Felipe III (Filipe II of Portugal). This is a leading work in the National Palace of Sintra collection and about which their persist many questions and doubts.