Museu Calouste-Gulbenkian : Michelin's recommendations
In this magnificent collection, antiquity is represented by works from Egypt, including an alabaster bowl, 2 700 years old, and a silver-gilt mask for a mummy dating from the 3rd dynasty. The Graeco-Roman section contains a superb 5 BC Attic crater, jewellery and a head of a woman, attributed to Phydias. The Oriental arts section comprises sumptuous Persian carpets, ceramics, earthenware panels, silk costumes and mosque lamps of rare refinement. China and Japan are also represented with porcelain, major prints and lacquerware. Although the European Art section contains a significant amount of French 18C works, there are also delicately worked ivories dating from the Middle Ages, books of hours and illuminated manuscripts. Furniture by Cressent, Jacob, Oeben, Garnier, Carlin, and superb pieces of gold and silver plate, created by E. T. Germain, illustrate the sumptuous Age of Enlightenment. 18C painting includes works by the English painter, Gainsborough, and there is a room devoted to Guardi. To illustrate the 19C are paintings by Fantin La Tour, the Impressionists - Manet, Degas, Renoir and Corot - and sculptures which include the splendid white-marble Diana by Houdon and Rodin's Benedictions. Finally, one room is entirely dedicated to the work of the French decorative artist, René Lalique (1860-1945), who was a personal friend of Gulbenkian.