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Painting of Josefa De Óbidos ceded to the municipality by the New Bank

A painting by Josefa de Óbidos will be loaned by the New Bank to the municipality of Óbidos, under a protocol that will be signed on Thursday and which increases to 19 the works of the collection scattered throughout the country.

‘Still, life with a folded basket, flowers and embroidered cloth’, by Josefa de Óbidos, is the painting that is part of the painting collection of the New Bank and which will be handed over to the Obidos Chamber on Thursday, to the Museum Municipal, the bank announced today.

The work “has the peculiarity that the signature of the painter is only ‘Óbidos’, and is now deposited in this locality,” the bank said in a statement alluding to the protocol that will be signed with the local authority.

Josefa de Ayala Figueira (Seville, February 1630 — Óbidos, July 22, 1684) was known as Josefa de Óbidos, where he lived with his parents, the painter Baltazar Gomes Figueira and Catarina de Ayala Camacho Cabrera Romero.

He was a specialist in the painting of flowers, fruits and inanimate objects. He also dedicated himself to painting, engraving, clay modelling, costume design, fabrics, various accessories and floral arrangements.

At the age of 30, with the consent of his father, he obtained emancipation and, with it, administrative independence, the ability to negotiate contracts with dioceses for the painting of altarpieces, as well as to manage rents and estates, and to manage a painting workshop in Óbidos, in the so-called Quinta da Capeleira, on the outskirts of the village.

In various monasteries and monasteries of the country, paintings are depicted, and as a portraitist of the Portuguese royal family he painted the portraits of Queen Maria Francisca Isabel de Saboia, wife of D. Pedro II, and his daughter, princess D. Isabel

The work ‘Still Life with Sweets and Sweets’ was, in April 2016, selected as one of the ten most important works of art in Portugal by the project Europeana.

With the signing of this protocol, the works that, since January, were donated by the New Bank and placed in a permanent exhibition in 11 national museums of cities such as Castelo Branco, Guarda, Guimarães, Caldas da Rainha, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Lisbon, Viseu, Torres Novas and Óbidos.

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