Jorge Colaço

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Azulejo panel by Jorge Colaço (1922) that decorate the Sports Pavilion in the Eduardo VII Park in Lisbon.

Jorge Colaço (Tangier, 1868 - Oeiras, 1942) was a Portuguese painter specially known for his works as tile (azulejo) painter.

Jorge Colaço was born in Tangier, Morocco, the son of a Portuguese diplomat.[1] He studied art in Lisbon, Madrid and Paris.

Even though Jorge Colaço was a canvas painter and caricaturist, he specialised in designing and painting azulejo panels to decorate large surfaces. His designs had a late Romantic taste, celebrating the achievements of Portuguese history. Along with historical themes, he also produced ethnographic and landscape scenes.[2]

Among his most important works are tile panels in the Palace Hotel of Bussaco (1907); São Bento Railway Station in Porto (1905–1916); Sports Pavilion of Eduardo VII Park in Lisbon (1922); façade of the Church of Saint Ildefonso in Porto (1932) and many others. He also has works in Brazil, England (Windsor Castle), Geneva (Centre William Rappard [3]) and other countries.


  1. ^ Camões Institute: review of Os Colaço, uma família portuguesa em Tânger by Jorge Forjaz [1]
  2. ^ Camões Institute: History of the Azulejo in Portugal
  3. ^ WTO Building; Centre William Rappard