National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon

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The vast collection of art housed at National Museum of Ancient Art includes paintings, sculptures, textiles, furniture, drawings, and other decorative arts created between the 15th and 19th centuries. Housed inside a lemon-colored palace from the 17th century, the museum remains one of city's major draws, presenting the evolution of European and Asian art through the ages. Pay special attention to the large panels depicting members of medieval Portuguese society paying respects to St. Vincent, the patron saint of Lisbon. This work, attributed to artist Nuno Goncalves, represents one of the first collective portraits in European art. Other museum highlights include masterpieces by Durer, Bosch, Cranach, Raphael, Tintoretto, and Velazquez. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Museum of Ancient Art and many more Lisbon attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Lisbon itinerary maker site.
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  • A 1657 painting by Filipe Lobo of Lisbon’s Jerónimos Monastery, which hangs in Lisbon’s Museum of Ancient Art, depicts in its bottom right-hand corner a woman slave in a long skirt and with a basket.....  more
    A 1657 painting by Filipe Lobo of Lisbon’s Jerónimos Monastery, which hangs in Lisbon’s Museum of Ancient Art, depicts in its bottom right-hand corner a woman slave in a long skirt and with a basket.....  more »
  • This was quite the collection of art, furniture, cutlery, instruments, statues and other things I'm sure I'm forgetting. Spent about 2.5 hours here (which included me taking many pictures of... 
    This was quite the collection of art, furniture, cutlery, instruments, statues and other things I'm sure I'm forgetting. Spent about 2.5 hours here (which included me taking many pictures of...  more »
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  • Although the weather was terrible on a Saturday morning, it’s incredible that hardly that many people visit this place. There are some significant historic Portuguese relics here. Gold, gem studded relics of the historic age. To painting by masters not probably cataloged correctly. However amazing and fantastic the collection is, there is a lot that needs to be addressed. The museum needs an advertising push to get people through the door. A lot of the pieces need better explanation and the artists of the works in the collection need to be brought to the forefront. There is so much room for huge improvement and it will be a lot of backers to help that off the ground.
  • Absolutely massive museum full of incredible works spanning hundreds of years as you follow the development of European art throughout the past few hundred years. Leave significant time to see everything as it was far larger than expected! However, I would have liked to see them make the museum as a whole more informative with more signage.

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