2015 – ComingOut – What if the streets were a museum?

The National Museum of Ancient Art has taken to the streets, with 31 replicas of its prized collection being spread out on the walls of Chiado, Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real.

“ComingOut – What if the streets were a museum” is the title of this exhibition, that is similar to London’s National Gallery exhibition that took its artworks through Soho, Convent Garden and Chinatown.

The National Museum of Ancient Art says that the replicas of the artworks that will be spread through Lisbon’s historic neighbourhoods will be of high quality, real scale and framed as they would be in any museum.

“Retrato do Rei D. Sebastião”, painted in 1571 by Cristóvão de Morais, “Salomé com a Cabeça de São João Batista”, painted by Lucas Cranach in 1510, “Senhora das Dores”, by Quentin Metsys in 1511 and “Virgem com o menino e santos” by Hans Holbein in 1519 are just some of the replicas that will be spread through the streets of Lisbon.

With this project, the museum – that has one of the most important collections of Portuguese art – intends to promote its artistic and historical heritage to a national and international audience.