Fine Arts

The School of Arts and Design (ESAD.CR) of Leiria’s Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1990. It is located in a region where the sea is always present. It is considered particularly interesting to live, study and work, not only for the quality of the economical and material resources, but also for the richness and beauty of natural and cultural, a characteristic of the region. Caldas da Rainha is an old thermal town and has been one of the major ceramic centers in the country, with factories considered authentic living museums. For example, the pieces of the artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro stand out for their originality and scathing criticism in relation to social and political customs of his time, with iconic symbols like the popular figure of “Zé Povinho” and the cabbage dishes. For more information please contact: esad@esad.ipleiria.pt

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