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Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves

Casa Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves
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Casa Malhao plaque
Interior da Casa Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves
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Casa de Malhoa

This museum located in central Lisbon district of Saldanha is named after its one time owner, the eminent ophthalmologist and art collector Doctor Anastácio Gonçalves (1888-1965). The house is known as the Casa Malhao as it was the home and studio of the well known painter José Malhoa. Dr Gonçalves bought the house from Malhao a year before his death in 1932.

The quirky house was designed by the architect Norte Junior and was awarded the Valmor prize for architecture in 1905. Dr Gonçalves used the house to display the impressive art collection he accumulated during his lifetime. The museum also retains the feel of a turn of the century house with many of the exhibits set out among the decor and furniture (much of which is highly collectible).

Among the highlights of the museum is the studio from which José Malhoa along with a collection of 19th century Portuguese painting by other artists such as Silva Porto , Columbano, António de Ramalho, Marques de Oliveira, João Vaz, José Malhoa, Mário Augusto and Veloso Salgado. Other collections include an extensive range of Chinese porcelain dating from as far back as the 12th century, Persian ceramics, textiles, clocks and medals.

With the death of Dr. Gonçalves in 1965, the house and collections were bequeathed to the Portuguese state. The house opened its doors to the public as a museum in 1980.

As well as being a static museum the house is also a venue for workshops, seminars and concerts with the intention of inspiring Portugal's artists of the future.

 

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