Six centuries of artistic creation

Painting collection

The Collection in numbers
One Collection with more than 90 works from the 16th until the 21st century.


6 centuries of artistic creation
Of particular note are the seventeenth-century painting with the representation of the public entrance in Lisbon of the Apostolic Nuncio Giorgio Cornaro, "Banquet in the Village" by Pieter Bruegel the Young, signed and dated 1620, or the portrait of Anne Catherine Le Preudhomme, painted in 1782 by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, one of the most important French painters of the second half of the eighteenth century. Also to mention the still lifes of Josefa de Óbidos and the landscapes of Jean Baptiste Pillement.

The nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century are represented by José Malhoa's painting, namely two paintings from the beginning of his artistic career, Tomás da Anunciação, Júlio Sousa Pinto, Artur Loureiro, João Vaz, João Reis, D. Carlos de Bragança. From 1925, the new artistic currents are covered in the works of Eduardo Viana, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Nikias Skapinakis, João Navarro Hogan, Júlio Pomar, Jorge Pinheiro, Angelo de Sousa, among others.

More recent are the works of Pedro Croft, Paulo Quintas, or Ricardo da Cruz-Filipe.


A journey through history

The Painting Collection is an eclectic collection that covers six centuries of Portuguese and European artistic production from the late 16th to the early 21st century.
The Collection includes a set of four Portolans dating from between the 16th century and the 19th century with representations that are interesting from both a geographic and iconographic point of view as they are rare documents of Mediterranean and Atlantic commercial navigation.

Partnerships to share the heritage
Regarding the Painting collection, a decentralized program of the collection will be carried out, placing the works of relevant artistic value in the public interest in various museums throughout the country.

  • National Coach Museum in Lisbon. "Monsignor Giorgio Cornaro’s Entrance Procession in Lisbon in 1693", an oil painting from the 17th century.
  • Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior Museum, in Castelo Branco. "Still Life of Flowers", one of the main works of painting collection, the work of a Flemish painter of the 16th century. 
  • Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MNAA), in Lisbon. "Portrait of Anne Catherine Le Preudhomme, Countess of Verdun", 18th century work of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, one of the main painting works from the collection of the Bank, which was never exposed and is now presented for the first time in permanent exhibition at this Museum.
  • Guarda's Museum. Works of important contemporary Portuguese artists, Nikias Skapinakis, José de Guimarães, Júlio Resende, Luís Pinto Coelho and João Hogan. 
  • José Malhoa Museum, in Caldas da Rainha. Two works by José Malhoa. 
  • Museum and Arts Center of Figueiró dos Vinhos. Another important work by José Malhoa.
  • Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, in Guimarães. a work by Jean-Baptiste Nicolas Pillement.
  • Setúbal Museum - Convent of Jesus. Three works of Portuguese painters from the 18th and 19th centuries: José António de Faria and Barros (Morgado de Setúbal), João Vaz, and a painting of his teacher and friend, António da Silva Porto.
  • Grão Vasco National Museum, in Viseu. Two works by the French painter Jean-Baptiste Pillement.
  • Municipal Museum Carlos Reis, in Torres Novas. The work "No Tejo" by João Reis.
  • Municipal Museum of Óbidos. "Still Life with easter cakes, flowers and embroidered cloth" by Josefa de Óbidos. This work, signed only Obidos, testifies the connection of the artist's life and work to the village of Óbidos.
  • MUDAS. Madeira's Museum of Contemporary Art, in Madeira. A set of three works of art by two important Portuguese artists of the 20th century, Jorge Pinheiro and Ricardo Cruz-Filipe.
  • Carlos Machado Museum, Ponta Delgada, Azores. Two Portolan maps representing the North and the South of the Atlantic Ocean, manuscripts by José Fernandes Portugal, and that will stay in exhibition at the Sacred Art Exhibit (Igreja do Colégio).
  • Angra do Heroísmo Museum, Azores. Paintings by Júlio de Souza Pinto, born in Angra do Heroísmo, "Volta do Rio" [return from the river] and "Chamando a barcaça" [calling the small boat].
  • Municipal Museum of Faro. "Tower of Babel", Flemish painting from the late 17th century.
  • Regional Museum Rainha Dona Leonor, at Beja. "Still life with cheese and flowers" and "Still life with mushrooms and arbutus berries", two Portuguese paintings from Josefa de Óbidos, 17th century.
  • National Museum Frei Manuel do Cenáculo, in Évora. "Wedding Feast (or Peasant Wedding)" signed by the Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Younger, and dated 1620. 
  • Belém Palace. "Paisagem de Sintra" [Sintra landscape] and "Paisagem algarvia" [Algarve landscape] by Eduardo Viana, 1925. And the work by King Carlos de Bragança entitled "Marinha" [Navy], 1904.
  • Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Museum, in Lisbon. "Sem título" [Untitled], 1947 and "Le grand navire" [The big ship], 1966, painted by Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. 


Louise Vigée le Brun

Portrait of Anne Catherine Le Preudhomme, Countess of Verdun, ca 1782

Pieter Brueghel, the Younger

Wedding Feast, 1620

Júlio Resende

Coladera, Oil on canvas

Josefa de Óbidos

Still life with easter cakes basket, flowers and embroidered clothes, Oil on canvas

Eduardo Viana

Sintra landscape, Oil on canvas

José Malhoa

Cuidados de Amor (Love Care), Oil on canvas

Júlio Pomar

Maio 68, Oil on canvas

Monsignor Giorgio Cornaro’s Entrance Procession in Lisbon, 1693, Oil on canvas

Nikias Skapinakis

Still life XXV, 1967, Oil on canvas