Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon

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The vast collection of art housed at Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga 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. Put Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga into our Lisbon vacation trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lisbon.
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  • A lot of minor artists and the few famous (a haunting Saint Anton, one van Dyke, the extraordinary triptic of Hyeronimus Bosch) are taken from the Gulbenkian Foundation. For art lovers the Gulbenkian ...  more »
  • I liked most the triptych of the Temptation of St. Anthony by Hieronymus Bosch and the Arte Nanban about the “Southern barbarians”. The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is an art museum in Lisbon. The Eu...  more »
  • Very nice museum, easy to access from the train line to Belem. The collection starts on the third floor with some of the oldest pieces of Portuguese art and goes down to the European section that incl...  more »
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  • Amazing place. Is has a terrace with view over the Tagus river and the 25 of Aprilia Bridge. If possible, stay here untill the sunset. Inside, there are really important work of arts that tell the story of portuguese people and culture. You will notice the religious background about Portugal.
  • Unique pieces of art, from paintings to priceless religious artifacts. Its worth a few hours needed to appreciate everything. Not easy to park nearby.
  • Nice and quality art space to chill from the bustling outside and to enjoy the exhibitions. The permanent exhibit is a must and the temporary ones well deserve the come back for another visit.
  • The best art museum in Portugal. You should especially look at The temptations of Saint Anton, by Hieronimous Bosch
  • Recommended, one of the must see places during a Lissabon city trip.

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