North east of the Park Eduardo VII is located Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, one of the most important museums in the world and one of the priceless treasures of Europe. Part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, hosting collections of Egyptian art museum, Greek, Romanian, Islamic, Asian and European. In 2001 it was renovated and upgraded substantially - during the renovation works many masterpieces have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum of Lisbon is a sight that can not be missed on vacation in Lisbon. It is one of the largest private collections worldwide, a collection built over a period of 40 years by the Calouste Gulbenkian, an oil tycoon. It was one of the richest men of the 20th century. In the last years of life he settled in Portugal and donated his entire artistic treasure adoptive country when he died in 1955 at age 86 years.
Among the many attractions of the museum is an Egyptian mummy mask of a vessel which dates back over 2700 years, a series of bronze cats and many other priceless pieces - in the Egyptian section. An impressive collection of Greek coins and vase 2400 years old - the section of the museum's Greek and Romanian. The Asian section can admire rare porcelain pots, Japanese prints and Persian tapestry of 16th and 17th centuries. European art section is huge and can be admired works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Claude Monet, Van Dyck, Ghirlandaio, Rogier van der Weyden and Ausguste Pierre Renoir. Most works were bought by the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Also in this section can be admired French furniture and textiles. White marble statue of Diana, the French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon with unique jewelry in the world are other attractions of the museum.
The garden is divided by the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum of Modern Art Centre in Lisbon. Here are displayed on two floors works of Portuguese and international artists of contemporary times.
By Maria Morari
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