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MNAA opens new space for Nativity scenes with support from the Millennium bcp Foundation...


MNAA opens new space for Nativity scenes with support from the Millennium bcp Foundation...

The National Art Museum (MNAA), with the support of the Millennium bcp Foundation, is expanding its permanent exhibition space with a new room that illustrates the history of Portuguese “presépios,” or Nativity scenes.

This new space will be part of the Albertas Chapel, a jewel of national Baroque architecture and which will soon undergo renovation.

From the oldest fragments of clay figures preserved in Portugal to the most grandiose convent and palace sets representing the various moments surrounding the birth of Christ, visitors will find in this new room work from the best-known sculptors, produced from the 16th to the 19th centuries, with particular emphasis on the Lisbon ateliers.

These pieces, from the Classical to the Romantic, with a focus on composition, scenery and architecture, or the portraits of society, define the pastoral genre, which influenced Portuguese art through the Nativity scene.

The new space’s exhibition is organized in terms of artistic history, with 25 works including complete Nativity scenes, sculpture groups and individual statues, all in baked or polychromatic clay, selected from the vast collection of Nativity scenes and sculptures in the MNAA’s possession.