Gulbenkian Museum: Revisiting the World’s Ancient Arts in the Modern World
Lisbon, one of the world’s historical cities, holds the world’s unsung treasure.
The people of Lisbon were never wrong when they accepted into their city the Armenian oil magnate, Carlouste Gulbenkian in1942. Because 14 years after his death in 1955, Lisbon became the keeper of Gulbenkian’s unique and priceless art collection, and in 1969, Museu Gulbenkian Museum was built.
True to its motto “Only the Best”, the museum of Gulbenkian in Lisbon, houses some of the world’s ancient and contemporary art.
As the tourists walk around the museum, they will be enthralled by the grandeur of the treasures of both the ancient and the modern world.
In the Ancient Egyptian and Roman Art section, the visitors will be taken back to the time of King Tut with the exquisite 2700-year old alabaster bowl gold Egyptian mummy mask and priceless cats bronze are laid before their eyes. Moreover, they will be brought back to the ancient Olympic games dedicated to Alexander the Great, as the collection of Greek gold coins dating back from 561-305 B.C., which were found during the excavation in 1901 at Abukir, Egypt, are displayed in the exhibit.
Still, in the Greek and Roman art section, they will be taken back to the cradle of Asian civilization, Greek and Mesopotamian art, and 4th-2nd B.C jewelry from Hellenistic era, and once finely glazed faience from the Mesopotamian area and marble sculptures, which date back to 5th century, graced their eyes. Other than that, they will as well be mesmerized by the collection of 3rd and 4th century A.D Roman glassware and Roman Art.
In the European Art section, the visitors will see the different European artistic trends from the beginning of the 4th century to the mid-20th century. These include the book illustrations from France, Flanders, Italy, Holland, England, and ivory carvings from France, paintings and sculptures of famous artists like Stephan Lochner’s “Presentation in the Temple, Peter Paul Rubens’ “Flight into Egypt”, Rembrandt’s “Portrait of an Old Man”, Anton Van Dyck ” Portrait of a Man”, and Italian and French furniture and textiles.
In the French Art exhibit, the tourists will be shown the French 18th century decorative arts, painting sculptures, and jewelry. Of the many highlights of this section, Houdon’s white marble statue of “Diana”, Francois-Thomas Germand’s once-used silver by Catherine the Great, Rene Lalique’s splendid collection of lovely glassware and a number of jewels which were made purely as collection, not as jewelry, top the exhibit in this section.
Aside from the ancient and modern art, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian museum, also offers its visitors a place for relaxation.
The Gulbenkian Park is an area that houses a wide variety of native and tropical plants. It also has a landscaped little streams and ponds with water lilies. More than as a place of relaxation, it is an open-air museum for modern sculptures from different countries.
Aside from this park, Parque do Museum Calouste surrounds the museum, as well. It has an artificial lake which is surrounded by shrubberies and gardens such as rose garden, water garden. Other than that, it also has artificial theater.
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