Just down the traffic-free street from our apartment in central Porto was the elaborate, skinny facade of Misericordia Church. It was also a Chapter House which meant it was a residence for priests and monks. The church was built in the second half of the 16th century but underwent many changes 200 years later because of work done by famed Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni who made his mark in Porto.
The church and its foundation established educational institutions, provided assistance and shelter.
Our Lady of Mercy, also called the Mantle Virgin, was depicted with a large group of people representative of various social strata and characters under her cloak.
The Holy Family painting documented the overlap between the sacred and daily lives that was characteristic of Flemish paintings of the era.