Discover the Collection
The Founder’s Collection accommodates around six thousand pieces amassed by Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian.
This group of varied pieces documents the artistic periods that most marked Egyptian civilisation from the Old Empire to the Roman Era.
Small collection that includes an outstanding Assyrian low relief from the palace of Assumazirpal.
Eastern Islamic Art
Calouste Gulbenkian's interest in artistic production from Persia, Turkey, Syria, the Caucasus and India, is very much in evidence here. The numerous objects on display include carpets, fabrics, illuminated manuscripts, book bindings, mosque lamps, painted tiles and ceramics.
Far Eastern Art
Significant group of Far Eastern Art, with porcelain and hard stones from China and lacquers from Japan.
The main centres of artistic production from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries are represented by the work of such artists as Rubens and Rembrandt. 18th century is in turn represented by the work of Fragonard and Guardi. 19th century painting is represented by Turner, Manet, Degas, Renoir and Monet.
The European decorative arts section is introduced by 16th tapestries from Flanders and Italy. Outstanding 18th century French works include Gobelins and Aubusson tapestries, very fine sets of furniture and also pieces in silver or gold.
Art of the Book
This group of works includes a series of illuminated manuscripts, printed books and bindings produced between the 12th century and the first half of the 20th century. Made up of rare and precious editions, the books from Calouste Gulbenkian’s library are exhibited on rotation.