The exhibition, The Global City - Lisbon in the Renaissance, revealed the atmosphere of one of the most cosmopolitan arteries in the sixteenth-century Lisbon. The aim of this exhibition was to recreate the mercantile heart of Renaissance Europe’s foremost global city.
The exhibit, divided into six sections, displayed near two hundred and fifty artworks - paintings, drawings, maps, books, navigation instruments, porcelain, jewellery, precious silks, exotic stuffed animals -, traced the portrait of a capital with articles arriving from all around the world.
Founded in 1884, the MNAA-Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is the home of the most important Portuguese public collection of art, ranging from paintings to sculpture, and gold and silverware, as well as decorative arts from Europe, Africa and the Far East. Comprising over 40,000 items, the MNAA collection has the largest number of works classified by the State as “national treasures”. In its various sections, it also has a number of major works of art in the context of the world artistic heritage.