The Grão Vasco Museum is an art museum located in the city of Viseu, in Portugal. The museum is named after one of the most important Portuguese painters of the Renaissance, Vasco Fernandes, who had his workshop in Viseu.
The museum, founded in 1916, occupies the building of the old Seminary, located beside Viseu Cathedral. The building, began in the late 16th century in Mannerist style, has had its interior recently modernised by Porto architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.
The main exhibits of the museum are the painted altarpieces executed for Viseu Cathedral during the Renaissance. These include the main altarpiece, executed by a workshop that included the young Vasco Fernandes and was apparently led by Francisco Henriques, as well as later altarpieces by a mature Vasco Fernandes and his collaborator, Gaspar Vaz. The artistic significance of these altarpieces turn the Grão Vasco Museum into one of the most important art museums in Portugal.
The collections also include metalwork, tapestry and sculpture. Before you visit Viseu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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Located in the former bishops palace adjacent to the cathedral, the Museo Grao Vasco host a trove of historic and contemporary art treasures, the most important being the sixteenth century paintings..... more
Located in the former bishops palace adjacent to the cathedral, the Museo Grao Vasco host a trove of historic and contemporary art treasures, the most important being the sixteenth century paintings..... more »
Paintings by Grao Vasco and contemporaries, interesting. Other items like statues and tapestries. Interesting to see Chinese and Indian influences. The staff were very friendly and helpful. A...
Paintings by Grao Vasco and contemporaries, interesting. Other items like statues and tapestries. Interesting to see Chinese and Indian influences. The staff were very friendly and helpful. A... more »
Quiet place with magnificent religious paintings by Vasco. Especially the one with St. Peter. The only thing I missed –postcards in museum shop.
Amazing museum, great collection
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