The Gulbenkian Museum is preparing an interesting exhibition with the Spanish Patrimonio Nacional focusing on the works of art of the Spanish royal palaces related to the fecund relationship between the Iberian countries. It is called “A História Partilhada. Tesouros dos Palácios Reais de Espanha” and will take place from 22 October 2014 to 25 January 2015. While waiting for it to open, the Gulbenkian keeps giving us some glimpses of it in their blog A Historia Partilhada.
“I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven’t changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves.”
A propos de Looking for Civilisation
At Sotheby’s, tomorrow, for those interested in royal provenances there will be a sale named Of Royal and Noble Descent, with two lots with a Portuguese connection. A gold and coral demi-parure being sold by descendants of Dom Miguel I of Portugal is a rare piece, but maybe more interesting from an historical point of view, although not as valuable, is a Renaissance style ‘Turmchenuhr’ clock done for his son, Dom Miguel II, dated of 28 April 1888 of Odenburg and bearing the Portuguese royal coat-of-arms surround by the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. It is possible that it was commissioned as a gift to Dom Miguel of Bragança when he was living in that town of the Austrian Empire and it is a rare object as very few pieces were specifically commissioned by or for the heir of King Dom Miguel.
Not everything is bad news in the cultural policy in Portugal. The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga saw an opportunity and grabbed it. A bit of luck – as the piece failed to sell in July – gave the museum time to find the funds to acquire through Sotheby’s a notable bust of a notable Portuguese historical figure – the philosopher Diogo de Paiva de Andrade. Rescued from the ruins of the Church of Graca, found its way to the collections of the Marqueses de Pombal and was sold in London in 1997. Now it has found a very appropriate home. Truly good news.
arthist.net announced a call for papers on a theme that this blog particlarlury likes: Collecting in Portugal.
“Collecting and Displaying in Portugal: From João V to the Estado Novo” Edited by Foteini Vlachou (Instituto de História da Arte, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)”
This volume aims to present to an international audience a comprehensive view of recent scholarly activity, but also – and most importantly – a panorama of the history of collections, exhibitions and museums in Portugal, roughly from the beginning of the eighteenth century till the end of Salazar’s regime.”