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Magnificent Art in Lisbon – Part Four: Eastern Art


…continued from Part Three… One of the most remarkable aspects of Portuguese history is the fact that they were able to establish trade links with the Far East.  Considering the dangers of sailing in the 15th century, it is truly astonishing that they got a foothold in India, China and Japan, where they not only traded, but were able to…

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The Museum of the Awesome Mr Gulbenkian: Part One – From Ancient Egypt to China


Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal While America is littered with museums built around the varied collections of their millionaire founders, this sort of thing is much rarer in Europe.  The Armenian Calouste Gulbenkian, who made his fortune from oil, put his money to good use and amassed an amazing little collection of objects from across the ages which…

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A Search for Spirituality in Glasgow’s St Mungo


St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow, Scotland Mankind has created some of its finest art for religion, so the idea of having a museum dedicated to Religious Art was very appealing.  The museum, right next to Glasgow Cathedral, opened in 1993, and exhibits objects relating to the world’s major religions. It aims to “explore the importance of…

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