Friday, October 9, 2009

MNAA

Housed in a grand palace dating back to 1690, the MNAA - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga has an amazing European art collection, bursting with Portuguese works, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and furniture. There is also a superb collection of decorative art from Africa, India, China and Japan.

The museum currently houses the Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries exhibition. Nearly 300 extraordinary objects gathered from museums in China, India, Japan, South America and Europe speak to the cultural exchange that took place between Portuguese explorers and people in Africa, India, Oman, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Japan and Brazil. Don't miss this if you are in Lisbon until sunday!

16 comments:

Gunn White said...

Unfortunately I am not in Lisbon..... But one day I will. :-)
Anyway, impressive building! The top photo is fantastic!

brattcat said...

That interior shot is stunning.

B SQUARED said...

I was disappointed to learn this wasn't your house.

joo said...

I wish I could visit this place!
The interior photo is superb.

Sharon said...

What an amazing chandelier. I wish I was there to see this show.

Lois said...

Looks like a beautiful place! I wish I could go.

cieldequimper said...

That would definitely be a place I would enjoy.

Jarart said...

I wonder how many of your readers are checking for flights right about now. I know we all wish we could be there this weekend.

Tricia said...

so very elegant!!!

Cezar and Léia said...

We miss Lisbon! It's such a charming city and there's so much to see!
God bless you!
Cezar

Prospero said...

The interior is just awesome. Talk about high ceilings!

Jacob said...

I'm in awe of those high ceilings and that magnificent chandelier! That first shot is superb, JM...perfect lighting. Has a warm, comfortable feel to it.

Certainly this would be a great place to spend several hours on a lazy afternoon!

Joan Elizabeth said...

As if the exterior of your buildings weren't pretty enough! The interior is fabulous.

Vogon Poet said...

Like both shots, but I'm envious of the first one: perfect light and composition. I simply didn't know of this very interesting museum...

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Love that chandelier. The chairs look like Louis IV.

ruma2008 said...

I want to go to this attractive museum sometime.