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Inside view of the Santa Isabel Church
© Paulo Catrica
Detail photo of the sky painted on the ceiling of the church by the artist Michael Biberstein
© Paulo Catrica
© Paulo Catrica

Santa Isabel Church

  • Original Authors:
  • Carlos Mardel
  • (XVIII)

  • Interventions:
  • António Freitas Leal e Diogo Lino Pimentel
  • (1960)
  • Michael Biberstein
  • (2013)
  • Appleton & Domingos arquitectos
  • (em construção desde 2013)

Michael Biberstein envisioned a new ceiling in the backdrop of the developing renovation—which has brought to our fruition the original works of stonework and sculpture, gilded woodcarving, stucco bas-reliefs and various paintings. A sky of 800 square metres, painted above the single nave of the church, resulted from the meeting of several people and an execution by various hands, following the model and studies carried out by the author before his death. This work, which reminds us of William Turner’s paintings, was made on a new ceiling, suspended from the pre-existing vault, and executed in acrylic paint applied using airbrushes and the occasional use of regular brushes, in a calculated approach to the way Biberstein used to paint. The restoration works revealed that the architect responsible for the Mãe d’Água project, among other relevant projects in pre- and post-earthquake Lisbon, was also responsible for this work.

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