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to Jan 8 | HISTORICAL SCULPTURE EXHIBIT | Machado de Castro in Lisbon: The Laboratory of Sculpture | 3€
July 21, 2022 @ 10:00 - January 8, 2023 @ 18:00€3
Here’s what organizers the Museu de Lisboa’s Pimenta Palace say about this exhibit honoring the man behind some of Lisbon’s most iconic pieces of both art and history, some two centuries after his death:
“It is impossible to dissociate the figure of Joaquim Machado de Castro from the equestrian statue of King José which still stands at the center of Lisbon’s main square. The monument was completed over five years and its history has had some surprising episodes, including the sculptor himself being forbidden to attend the inauguration ceremony…
After the unveiling of the statue of King José in 1775, the sculptor expanded his client network and his name became associated with the most prestigious works taking place in the capital between the late 18th century and the first decades of the following century.
The Royal Sculptor from 1782 and leader of a Sculpture Laboratory where an innovative learning and artistic practice methodology was implemented, Machado de Castro designed the sculptural programs for the Estrela Basilica and the Ajuda Palace, and was behind significant aspects of the former Convent of Nossa Senhora da Luz de Arroios, the São Vicente de Fora Monastery, Lisbon Cathedral, and the former Royal Belem Estate (today the Belem National Palace).”
Tue — Sun, 10am to 6pm.
Show up until Jan. 8, 2023.
ENTRY: 3€ (includes entry to the museum).
NOTE: The illustration (etching) above is Joaquim Machado de Castro presents the model of the Equestrian Statue of King José I to the Marquis of Pombal by Mauricio José do Carmo Sendim (1786-1870).