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.Before you visit Viseu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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.
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One of the most beautiful cathedrals that I have visited (I have seen quite a lot !). Intimist, well preserved and with an historical treasure which is unique!
One of the most beautiful cathedrals that I have visited (I have seen quite a lot !). Intimist, well preserved and with an historical treasure which is unique! more »
A little nice museum just in the center ok Viseu. The entrence fee is very reasonable, worths to visit it.
A little nice museum just in the center ok Viseu. The entrence fee is very reasonable, worths to visit it. more »
Student discount price was 2€ and it features a really great collection of art pieces, one of the best in Portugal they say. In fact 10 of the pieces inside are nationally famous, the best being the painting depicting São Pedro or St Peter by Vasco Fernandes, the famous painter whose name was given to the museum itself.
Always nice, beautiful paintings
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