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2018-10-11 18h30
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2018-10-11 18h30
Around the Portrait of Ida Bordalo Pinheiro and Virgínia Lopes de Mendonça


Virgínia Lopes de Mendonça is known for her works of children's literature, usually illustrated by her brother, Vasco Lopes de Mendonça. Daughter of the playwright Henrique Lopes de Mendonça and Maria Amélia Lopes de Mendonça, the sister of Columbano, she gained considerable success from 1945 onwards with her short stories in children's magazines and novels for young girls, such as A Gaivota [The Seagull] and Quadros da vida [Tales of Life]. Her popular play Maria Migalha, displayed here, was staged at the National Theatre in 1936.

The iconic Columbano painting, from 1910, shows Virginia’s face illuminated by a magazine, possibly Serões, of which her father, HLM, was director, from 1907-1908. The light projected onto her face is crossed with shadows and the composition has the intimate nature of a living room. She was the favourite niece of Columbano, who praised her work in a letter, saying ‘it is among the best that I have seen in the genre’. M.A.S.

2018-10-11 18h30
The power of the image. Veloso Salgado’s portraits of Adrien Demont and Virginie Demont-Breton

Adrien Demont and Virginie Demont-Breton portraits stand out as much for their powerful sensibility and technical qualities as for their striking originality. Their expressiveness and tone reveal an acute psychological insight into the subjects and the friendship they shared, emphasising their artistic profiles as a visual display of their social and intellectual prestige. A significant correspondence of both a personal and professional nature was conducted between Lisbon and France from 1896, recently completed with the addition of Veloso Salgado’s letters to the Demonts. The discovery of these portraits and the artist’s involvement at Wissant are fundamental to this innovative reflection on the works of Veloso Salgado and his artistic career.



2018-10-21 16h00
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2018-10-26 17h00
TOMÁS DA ANUNCIAÇÃO (Lisboa, 1818-1879) - Presentation of new core of works

On the bicentenary of the painter’s birth, the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - Museu do Chiado has marked 26 October with a display of nine works by the artist in this section. One of the featured works, Piquenique [Picnic], commissioned by the Count of Carvalhal in 1865, now part of the collection of the Quinta das Cruzes Museum and practically never seen before in Lisbon, stands out for the gaiety of the colours, offering a broad view of Funchal Bay possibly based on a photograph.

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2019-06-02 12h00
Guided tours on the first Sundays of the month
Guided tours to the exhibitions

Portuguese Art. Reasons and Emotions

1st Sunday of every month

Meeting point: Rua Serpa Pinto museum entry