Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga


The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is located at Rua das Janelas Verdes, connecting with Largo de Santos-o-Velho to the east, in an area of Lisbon still filled by the memory of old palaces, churches and convents, which today are converted for the more diverse purposes.
Its location - built over the river and the port area - gives it an enviable scenic setting. It is installed in the palace built in the 17th century by the 1st Count of Alvor. Around 1918, the ruined Convent of Santo Alberto adjoining the palace was demolished, and the museum's facilities were extended through the construction of a large annex, designed by the architect Rebello de Andrade and inaugurated in 1940. A typical example of Portuguese civil architecture at the time, the palace extends with a great simplicity of design over a long running facade parallel to the street, only punctuated by the portals of grandeur with an animated Baroque design. Two rooms exhibit ceilings painted with quadratures attributed to the Florentine artist Vincenzo Bacherelli, which were certainly made during the time of the 1st or 2nd counts of Alvor. Other ceilings have also received - already in the middle of the 18th century - stucco ornamentations. Some have a capricious rocaille cut, attributed to Giovanni Grossi, and the others rare traces of the original decorative programs, which show the internationalization of the taste patterns of the great aristocratic families in a society in deep renovation. The works held are composed of a vast collection of European art, including the most complete collection of Portuguese art, from painting to sculpture, jewelery, furniture, ceramics, textiles and other decorative arts that lead us from the artistic forms of the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 19th century.


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Other rooms: National Museum of Ancient Art


Address: Rua das Janelas Verdes, 1249-017 Lisboa
Phone: (351) 213 912 800

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