In the context of the Exhibition’s Educational Programme for the 500th anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of Funchal, we received a visit from the 4th-year students of the EB1/PE School of Santana.

The activity “Sweet things” sought to explore the relationship between art orders for Madeira and the sugar trade through the discovery of “sweet images” in the collections of paintings, sculptures and goldsmithing on display (representation of fruits and sweet foods).

Students were challenged to reflect on the possible symbolic meanings implicit, for example, in the representation of fruits such as apples, pomegranates, grapes, figs or dates. The senses were sharpened by calling on the palate to taste the different flavours and “degrees of sweetness” of those fruits, which were experienced by the students.