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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and many more Lisbon attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Lisbon itinerary maker site .
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  • August 18, 2017
    Is a museum with a collection of spectacular, a fantastic palace with a beautiful view over the Tagus River. Since Portuguese and European Renaissance painting, to sacred art of historical and religious importance, first going through pieces of furniture that tell stories. In Lisbon, is a place not to be missed!
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  • August 16, 2017
    Situated in a great building, this well run museum is well worth a visit. However, if paintings of Christ, The Virgin Mary and other similar Christian Art is not your "thing", then this place is best ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    This museum does a masterful job of providing the perfect environment for displaying its wonderful art works. There is no clutter and you can easily move about and enjoy the wonderful collections.  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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