The Little Arrábida Convent

The contemplative character of monastic life is particularly in line with Manuel Amado's work.
Describing a visit to the Arrábida convent, Manuel Amado wrote: "In the sacristy, I went to face a high window through which the afternoon sun came in sweetly, landing on the floor after licking a little portion of the wall. At the bottom was an old chest with drawers […] I looked through the windowpane at the vertiginous descents of the mountains that, far below, far away, plunged into the greenish-blue of the sea."
In this cycle, the painter explores the ability to pay attention to space that is only possible through a retreat from the outside world, as if such distancing allowed the observation of the world through details.