Founder’s Collection

Learn more about some of the masterpieces owned by Calouste Gulbenkian, including works by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Rodin and René Lalique.

 

Diana
By the most famous French sculptor of the 18th century, this sculpture of Diana is considered Houdon’s masterpiece and one of the Museum’s most prized pieces.
Iznik tile panel
This tile panel dates from around 1545 and was produced in Iznik, the main ceramic manufacturing centre of the Ottoman Empire.
Rembrandt
This work by Rembrandt, considered the best painter of the 17th century in Holland and one of the greatest ever, belonged to Catherine the Great of Russia.
Inrō
The Founder’s Collection features a considerable number of inrō, small boxes with several divisions that began to be used in 16th-century Japan.
René Lalique
Calouste Gulbenkian was one of Lalique’s first customers and became a friend, acquiring works directly from the artist.
Bas-relief
This winged genie, sculpted nearly 3000 years ago, is a demigod destined to bless Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II and protect the royal palace in Nimrud.
Renoir
This work, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, is one of the most remarkable in the Gulbenkian Collection, and portrays Camille Doncieux, wife of the painter Claude Monet.
Cabinet
This cabinet was crafted by Charles Cressent, a renowned cabinet-maker and sculptor, who considered it one of his finest works.
Manet
Édouard Manet painted this portrait in 1867, representing his stepson Léon Koelin Leenhoff blowing soap bubbles.
Fragonard
Jean-Honoré Fragonard is considered one of the most remarkable and prestigious European painters of the latter 18th century.
Ivory triptych
This magnificent ivory triptych bears witness to the growing cult of the Virgin Mary in the 14th century.
Mihrab
This 700-year-old prayer niche was part of a religious building in Kashan, Persia, an important centre of ceramic production.
Book of Revelation
This book was written and illustrated in England in the late 13th century when the texts of the New Testament became increasingly popularised.
Rodin
In 1920, Calouste Gulbenkian acquired this work by Auguste Rodin, one of the greatest sculptors of his time.
Pair of mustard pots
This pair of mustard pots was executed by master silversmith Antoine Sébastien Durant and was intended for the renowned Madame de Pompadour.
Tapestry ‘A Pesca’ [Fishing]
Made in a workshop in Mantua, this piece is one of the Collection’s four tapestries belonging to the set ‘Jogo de Crianças’ [Children Playing].
Iznik jug
The Gulbenkian collection of Iznik pottery is one of the most important and famous outside Turkey.
Rubens
This unfinished painting depicts the Flight into Egypt, one of the most important episodes in the New Testament.
Spring
Calouste Gulbenkian acquired this sculpture to decorate the gardens of his country house in Normandy.
Turner
This is one of many maritime tragedies that William Turner portrayed throughout his career.
Monet
On this canvas, part of a series of around twenty, Claude Monet represents the harsh winter of 1879 in Vétheuil.
Houdon
Representing Apollo, God of the Sun, Jean-Antoine Houdon executed this sculpture in 1790, one year after the French Revolution.
Pierre Louÿs
This book, written by French symbolist Pierre Louÿs and illustrated by Serge Beaune, was acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian in Paris.
Mughal Textile
A magnificent specimen from the Mughal Empire, the floral motifs repeated throughout this drapery give the piece rhythm and dynamism.
John Singer Sargent
American John Singer Sargent painted this picture in England in 1887. It probably portrays Helen Harrison and her son Cecil.
Jean Dunand folding screen
Dunand developed work in various fields of the arts. His discovery of lacquer in 1912 transformed his way of working.
Hokusai
This print is by Hokusai, the most extraordinary Japanese painter and draughtsman of his generation.
Low-relief depicting Princess Maritites
This work was acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian in 1922 through his consultant for Egyptian works, archaeologist Howard Carter.
Francesco Guardi
The landscape genre of ‘veduta’ flourished in Venice at the hands of great masters of Italian 18th century painting such as Francesco Guardi.
Orlov Service
This service was offered by Catherine the Great of Russia to one of her supporters and closest friends, Count Orlov.
Ville d’Avray
A great admirer of French landscapes, Calouste Gulbenkian acquired 7 oil paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, who is celebrated as a precursor to impressionism.