Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Founder’s Collection

  • My favourite place in Lisbon, Portugal, is The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Founder’s Collection.
    Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955) was a British-Armenian businessman, who, played a major role in the early oil indutry, becoming one of the world wealthiest tycoons. Along the years, Mr. Gulbenkian acquired one of the most fascinating art collections, ever seen, with over 6,000 items. He chose Lisbon as home, and his private collection can be visited at the “Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Founder’s Collection”.
    Dutch and Flemish paintings are represented not only by Rembrandt, but, also by Frans Hals, Ruisdael, Rubens, Van Dyck. Decoration collection of paintings and sculptures by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Rodin, Renoir, Vittore Carpaccio, George Romney, Stefan Lochner, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, Henri Fantin-Latour, Jean-François Millet, Thomas Gainsborough, Turner, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Boucher. Impressionists are represented by Corot, Claude Monet, Degas, Édouard Manet.

    The museum is good not only, inside, but, also, outside. A walk through the garden is very appropriate, after viewing the collection. It allows you to put your emotions in order.

    The beautiful gardens, one of the most emblematic modern gardens, in Portugal, are open all year. Gulbenkian had excellent taste, so, almost everything is worth looking at. 
    Doina Ana Butman, Mircea Prunaru, Dan Doru Vanete