These tiles are decorated with geometric patterns or figurative representations. This art was first developed in the fifteenth century Andalusia century, peaking in the eighteenth century Portugal.
The technique of opaque thin glaze was brought by the Moors during their occupation, and developed throughout the Iberian Peninsula . First non-figurative (prohibition of figuration in the precepts of Islam Sunni), the decoration of tiles only became figurative at the end of the fifteenth century under the influence of majolica Italian.
I painted these with different thin blue acrylic glazed. To avoid the inevitable signature of each artist to become obvious, we alternated painting each tiles in the freeze you can see running all along at the bottom. The yellow surround is a simple yellow ochre colour wash.