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Vitrail, 2012
Wool, cotton

346 x 367 cm

Courtesy Haunch of Venison/Christie's, London

Work produced in collaboration with Manufactura de Tapeçarias de Portalegre

he visual possibilities of the Portalegre stitch (Portalegre is a Portuguese city of the Upper Alentejo region, where the work was laboriously and patiently manufactured), confer the tapestry an extraordinary expressive quality and an impressive accuracy in the interpretation of the drawing. In a large scale and culminating in a low arch, the composition functions as an open porthole towards a cheerful, dynamic and mystical world. The bustle of shapes and lines that touch and intersect in free orbit and movement is joined by the vibrant polychromy, like a firework of light, colour and movement.

2013 Joana Vasconcelos, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon


2012 Joana Vasconcelos Versailles, Château de Versailles, Versailles


JUNCOSA, Enrique; SARTWELL, Crispin - Joana Vasconcelos: Material World. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015.


AMADO, Miguel; SERRÃO, Vítor - Joana Vasconcelos: Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Lisbon: Leya, 2013.


CHOUGNET, Jean-François; Valter Hugo Mãe; LAMARCHE-VADEL, Rebecca - Joana Vasconcelos Versailles. Lisbon: Leya, 2012.


CHOUGNET, Jean-François; Valter Hugo Mãe; LAMARCHE-VADEL, Rebecca - Joana Vasconcelos Versailles. Paris: Skira Flammarion, 2012.