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Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa. Acervo de Escultura

(University of Lisbon - Faculty of Fine Arts)

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Category : Human Anatomy, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Artist's cast
Civilizations : Greece, Roman time, Middel Age, Renaissance, Modern time
Access : On request to the contact person
Description : The collection held at the Fine Arts College of Lisbon was mostly acquired during the XIX century, as a result of the important role that the Fine Arts Academy had to play in the cultural life of the Country. The first set of plaster models came from the extinguished institutions that gave rise to the Academy, reflecting in part the taste for devotional sculpture and portraiture. The first important cast collection of Classical Sculpture arrived in 1839, after a long ownership dispute over the models stored in the Palace of Ajuda. Many other cast collections of Classical Sculpture were bought in the second half of the XIX century, but in the meantime the plaster models made in the Sculpture Laboratory for Public constructions played a strong impact on young students. The profitable trade of casts in the Academy was only established in the mid 60?s and is connected to the increasing demand for drawing classes in technical schools. In this period of Industrial development, Italian mold makers were hired to fulfill commissions that went far beyond the usual request for Classical Sculpture. In 1863, the first moulds of the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon were taken and soon became the best selling casts of the National Mold workshop installed at the Fine Arts Academy. The ever-growing Art collection pressed the need for a Museum that would be established in 1884 under the flag of Industry, Archeology and Fine Arts. Maybe because plaster was considered less worthy, many works were left behind at the Academy, even if among them were some prize winning Sculptures and other exercises from Portuguese Artists that were studying abroad in Rome or Paris. For all of that, the plaster cast collection comprises much of the college history by gathering genuine testimonies on offered models and other teaching casts.
Creating year : 1836
Mould Number : ca 300
Cast Number : ca 1000
Bibliography :
AA.VV., Memórias em Gesso, Exposição do Acervo Escultórico, da Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Lisboa, 1996.
AA.VV., Machado de Castro. Do convento de Mafra a S. Francisco. Lisboa: Faculdade de Belas Artes Universidade de Lisboa, 1999.
AA.VV., Tasselos, Passado ? Presente. Exposição do Acervo Escultórico da Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa. Lisboa: Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, 1996-1997.

Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa. Acervo de Escultura
Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas-Artes
P 1249-058 LISBOA
Portugal - Europe
Status : School of art

Phone : +351 213 252 114
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Responsables : Professor José Teixeira and Professora Marta Frade Marta Frade
Professor José Teixeira
+351 213 252 114