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Walking Macao, Reading the Baroque

Jeremy Tambling ,Louis Lo

Publication Year: 2009

The book studies the baroque and the postmodern art and architecture of Macao, as an ex-Portuguese colony founded in the sixteenth century. Examining how the ‘Baroque’ has been used in critical and cultural theory, it uses this to help visitors to Macao understand its complex history, both colonial and Chinese.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU

Walking Macao, Reading the Baroque

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Table of Contents

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List of Illustrations

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pp. vi-vii

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pp. ix- x

This short study complete with new photographs of Macao does four things. It is a guide-book to parts of Macao, spelled here with the old Portuguese usage, rather than as ‘Macau’. It discusses Macao as a colonial city, as having...

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Chapter 1. Learning from Macao: An Introduction

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pp. 2-19

The impression visitors who do not penetrate the city of Macao to its old heart will get is of a capital of consumption, full of high-rise buildings, brightly coloured neon lights, and casinos. It is hard to link the two: the older colonised space and this new reclaimed land...

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Chapter 2. Seven Libraries

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pp. 20-37

The classic of Portuguese literature which celebrates Portuguese colonialism is Luís Vaz de Camões’ (1524–1580) The Lusiads (Os Lusíadas). It is both Renaissance and baroque...

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Chapter 3. Igreja e Seminário São José (St Joseph’s Seminary and Church)

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pp. 38-59

Macao becomes a library of the baroque in St Joseph’s Seminary and Church, which is 22. Dome and skyline behind: the viewer will take in the elegant curve of ...

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Chapter 4. Igreja de S

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pp. 60-79

After S

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Chapter 5. Ruínas de São Paulo (Ruins of St Paul’s)

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pp. 80-97

The building discussed here is known worldwide, and is visited by every tourist to Macao. The Ruins of St Paul, on a hill twenty-six metres above sea level, must constitute one of the most famous baroque images: every...

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Chapter 6. Neo-Classicism

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pp. 98-117

Portuguese colonisation has left traces everywhere in Macao, some of them Christian emblems, signs, which Chinese influences have made to ...

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Chapter 7. Walling the City

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pp. 118-135

Beginning from the A-Ma temple, the Portuguese built forts along the Praya Grande, the Inner Harbour, and on the hills of Macao. The photograph shows walls and a bastion, and looks up beyond the old Bela Vista hotel towards the Penha Hill, site of a...

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Chapter 8. Macao’s Chinese Architecture

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pp. 136-157

Nature and culture stand in nice relation to each other in Macao. These two photographs of Coloane bring out their integration. In photograph 75, corrugated iron has been cut to keep the trees in...

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Chapter 9. Colonialism and Modernity

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pp. 158-179

The A-Ma temple was repeatedly painted by Western artists, for example by George Chinnery (1774–1852) and Auguste Borget (1808– 1877)....

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Chapter 10. Cam

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pp. 180-197

This chapter looks at four sites associated with Portuguese and later colonialism. Three may be visited together: the Casa Garden, the Protestant cemetery and the Cam

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Chapter 11. Is Postmodern Macao’s Architecture Baroque?

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pp. 198-223

Like photograph 88, photograph 109 plays with illusions that are already there, looking out onto reclaimed land from inside Macao Cultural Centre (1999, architect Bruno Soares), with stairs mirrored in the glass, surveying illusionistic fl oorlevels, which though...

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Chapter 12. Death in Macao

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pp. 224-233

It is a question how much analysis of baroque Macao applies to the new city-space, much of which has been created out of reclaiming land, threatening to make Taipa and Coloane disappear as separate islands...


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pp. 234-248

Glossary of Terms

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pp. 249-253

Index of Macao Places

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pp. 254-255

General Index

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pp. 256- 259

E-ISBN-13: 9789882205703
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622099371

Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 125 colour photos
Publication Year: 2009

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  • Art, Chinese -- China -- Macau (Special Administrative Region).
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