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Research Groups
The unit's research interests and the historical periods it deals with are wide and varied, which motivated the creation of three groups with different dynamics: the ARS, with a broader research focus; PATRIMONIUM, centred on heritage issues; and the Az, more specific, focusing on azulejos.

The ARS focuses on Portuguese art and its relationship with international art, through a networking system covering several territories around the world, from the 15th century to the present day. Its main goal is to study Portugal's artistic heritage, within a vast geographic and temporal framework, from the artist's idea to the gathering of artistic collections, i.e. following each work's specific conception and history, in order to generate a holistic, wide-ranging and inclusive scientific discourse.

The PATRIMONIUM is dedicated to the study of artistic heritage, to its preservation and restoration, and to the sciences that analyses it. The group is divided into 3 areas: 1) History and Theory of Artistic Restoration and Preservation in Portugal (18th century - present day); 2) Art Collecting and Market Agents (18th-20th century); 3) Integrated Management of Artistic Heritage.
 
The Az is a research group specifically focused on the study of azulejos (tiles) produced or applied in Portugal, from the late 15th century to the present day. Its anchor-project is the Az Infinitum, an Azulejo Indexation and Referencing System available online, in open access.