mage of Afonso de Albuquerque from the collection of portraits organized by Diogo Barbosa Machado (1682-1772). The cutout figure, by an anonymous author, was engraved with a burin and taken from an edition of the book Ásia portuguesa, by Manuel de Faria e Sousa. Apparently, it was based on the original that was in the gallery of viceroys and governors of Goa, created by D. João de Castro, in which the Portuguese power in the region is dramatized, with clear political intentions. The aesthetically hybrid representation of the character is noteworthy, combining elements of Portuguese and Asian origins, which was frequent in works produced in the court of Goa. Other portraits in the gallery of the viceroys also show an Indianized taste. Manuel de Faria y Sousa, Ásia portuguesa, tome I, Lisboa, Officina de Henrique Valente de Oliveira, 1666, p. 171 e Diogo Barbosa Machado (ed.), Retratos de varões insignes em campanha e gabinete, tomo VI, [Lisboa] s. n. t., Rio de Janeiro, Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil, iconographic section.  

mage of Afonso de Albuquerque from the collection of portraits organized by Diogo Barbosa Machado (1682-1772). The cutout figure, by an anonymous author, was engraved with a burin and taken from an edition of the book Ásia portuguesa, by Manuel de Faria e Sousa. Apparently, it was based on the original that was in the gallery of viceroys and governors of Goa, created by D. João de Castro, in which the Portuguese power in the region is dramatized, with clear political intentions. The aesthetically hybrid representation of the character is noteworthy, combining elements of Portuguese and Asian origins, which was frequent in works produced in the court of Goa. Other portraits in the gallery of the viceroys also show an Indianized taste. Manuel de Faria y Sousa, Ásia portuguesa, tome I, Lisboa, Officina de Henrique Valente de Oliveira, 1666, p. 171 e Diogo Barbosa Machado (ed.), Retratos de varões insignes em campanha e gabinete, tomo VI, [Lisboa] s. n. t., Rio de Janeiro, Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil, iconographic section.  

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Can we establish connections between the theoretical thinking of Machiavelli about the conquest and conservation of territories and the actions of Afonso de Albuquerque in the territories of the Indian Ocean (described in an intense correspondence between him and the king D. Manuel I of Portugal)? In this essay, I try to answer this question by ado...