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“The best museum of Portugal”

National Museum of Ancient Art
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$18.01*
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Tagus Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Ranked #40 of 465 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Considered to house the best collection of Portuguese and European art, this museum features works by Gonclaves, Bosch, Raphael and more.
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Visiting Lisbon, without going to the MNAA, the visit is not completed. The bast collectins of ancient art are there. Including the portuguese discoveries of 1500.

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is without a doubt the amex of Portugal's national art collection housed in a gorgeous 17th century palace,formally occupied by the Counts of Alyor.

The museum is heavy with religious works by Portuguese painters. there are ample displays of sculpture,silverware,porcelain and applied art,giving an overview of art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Portugal's empire of discoveries shows links with Brazil,Africa,India,China and Japan.

Lets start with the European Masters, Herionymus Bosch and Durer held a spell of fascination for me as a young man, and here is "Salome" by Lucas Cranach the Elder,"Virgin and Child" by Memling and the heavyweight, The Temptation of St. Anthony,by the Flemish big- shot of fantasy,Bosch.

The trade link between Portugal and Flanders produced a crop of local art maestros, like Sao Vincente de Flora, Frey Carlos of Evora and the instructive Nuno Goncalves"panels of St. Vincent" surrounded by knights,monks,fishermen and beggars. What an incredible historical and social register,for all of us to discover.

On and on we skip to the tune of art,onto the massive collection of ceramics which taught me the evolution of Chinese porcelain and Portuguese faience. Further roaming turned up ivories and furniture,and the predilection for the exotic gave rise to japanese and African pieces.

Jewellery is not my bag,but the decorative arts and a wide range of objects ranging from liturgical vestments to furniture & textiles and tapestries & bedspreads.
I love the immersion of all that beauty under one roof.

3  Thank Eli B
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

The pieces from japan and China are very nice and definitely deserve a visit. The paintings (except the Bosch's beautiful piece) are unfortunately not so interesting.

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Reviewed March 15, 2014

racist exposure !
the permanent exposure is nice and interesting, the disabled have to pay half of the ticket, the temporary exhibition (Rubens, Brueghel, Lorrain) not da'nessuna facilitation: racist!

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Just as the title says, a great way to spend a (wet and windy) afternoon.

There's plenty of other places to visit outdoors if the weather is good and my preference would be to visit those first.

Good value for money and easy to spend a couple of hours in here.

Thank sunseasandtequilla
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