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The Louvre will open an exhibition of 15 pieces of the Portuguese Renaissance from the MNAA – Observador



The Louvre will open an exhibition of 15 pieces of the Portuguese Renaissance from the MNAA - Observador

In 2022, the Louvre in Paris will host an exhibition on ancient Portuguese painting, featuring 15 works from the National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon, a source from the French institution told Lusa on Tuesday.

The exhibition will be held between June 10 and September 10, in the Richelieu wing of the Louvre, the most visited in the world.

The exhibition, which takes place as part of the season of the crusades of Portugal and France, cultural diplomacy between the two countries, will present about 15 paintings donated by the Are Antiga National Museum (MNAA) in Lisbon through partnership.

Very rarely represented or even identified in French museums, Portuguese painting deserves wider recognition: this presentation of fifteen very good quality painted panels donated by MNAA will be a revelation to the French public, ”the Louvre text stresses. at the exhibition, sent to Lusa agency.


Commissioned by Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau, curator of the painting department of the Museum of Paris – the largest art museum in the world, located in a historical monument of Paris – the exhibition is based on the scientific collaboration of this department and the Portuguese museum.

Visitors to the Louvre “will be able to discover exquisite and wonderfully executed paintings” by artists such as Nuno Gonçalves (active 1450 – until 1492), Jorge Afonso (active 1504-1540), Cristovan de Figueiredo (active 1515-1554) and Gregorio López (active 1513-1550) promotes the museum.

From the 1930 exhibition at Jeu de Paume in Paris on the Portuguese art of the discovery period, and from the most recent exhibitions in France (“Sun and Shadows: Portuguese Art of the 19th Century” in Paris, at the Musée du Petit Palais, in 1987, and Rouge et Or. Trésors du Portugal Baroque “, also in the capital of Paris, at the Museum Jacquemard-André, in 2001), which”this privileged period of the Portuguese Renaissance did not fit, still remembers the French museum.

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“Carrying out a very original synthesis of the pictorial inventions of the first Italian Renaissance and Flemish innovations imported by artists such as Jan Van Eyck, who stayed in Portugal from 1428-1429, the Portuguese school of painting took root from the mid-fifteenth century, in parallel with the enormous expansion of the Kingdom of Portugal.… Under the patronage of the kings D. Manuel I (1495-1521) and D. João III (1521-1557), who surrounded themselves with court artists and commissioned numerous altars, Portuguese painting experienced in the first half of the 16th century. a golden age, before it was overshadowed by the crisis of the Portuguese throne in 1580 and the annexation of Portugal by the Spanish crown, ”notes the Louvre as a historical basis in the text about this exhibition of Portuguese painting.

In this museum, the acquisition of some paintings, “in particular thanks to the generosity of donors, allowed us to begin sketching the history of this school with a small nucleus of four Portuguese paintings dating from the 15th-18th centuries”, the museum recalls that it contains about 38 thousand items from prehistoric times until the 21st century, exhibited on an area of ​​72,735 square meters.

The painting department also states in a document sent to Lusa that it wants to “continue to add to this collection. [de pinturas portuguesas]in accordance with the Louvre’s universal vocation and the requirement to offer the most complete panorama of European painting. “

The duration of this “dossier exhibition will also provide an opportunity to make famous the Portuguese paintings represented more widely in Franceas part of a project to identify Iberian paintings from French public collections, ”says the same source at the museum, which was visited by 9.6 million people in 2019.

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The exhibition is part of the France-Portugal cruzade season program, a cultural diplomacy initiative created with the aim of deepening relations between the two countries and which will run from February to October 2022 with exhibitions, shows and other events. events curated by director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, together with Manuela Judice and Victoire Bigedine Di Rosa, at the general commission.

Established in 1884, the MNAA has held the country’s most current public collection in the fields of painting, sculpture, decorative arts – Portuguese, European and expansionist – since Middle Ages to 19th century, including the largest number of pieces classified as “national treasures”, as well as the largest collection of Portuguese furniture.

The collection includes, in various fields, some reference works of the world’s artistic heritage, namely the Panels of San Vicente by Nuno Gonçalves, a masterpiece of 15th century European painting.

It also houses the Custodia of Belém, a piece of jewelery by Gilles Vicente carved by King Manuel I from 1506, and Namban screens from the late 16th century, documenting the presence of the Portuguese in Japan.

The triptych “The Temptations of St. Anthony” by Hieronymus Bosch, “St. Augustine” by Piero della Francesca, “Conversation” by Pietra de Hoja and “St. Jerome” by Albrecht Durer are some of the most famous works from the museum.

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5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites



5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites

In October, the number of overnight stays in 5-star hotels increased by 15.9% compared to the same month in 2019, which, according to additional information, namely from the DMC (Tourist Inception Agency), is associated with a strong increase in tourism from the United States. states.

Information published today by INE indicates that in October, compared to the same month before the pandemic, the number of overnight stays in tourist establishments in Portugal increased by 6.2%, with the strongest increase in hotels, at 8.2%. in which, therefore, 62.1% is concentrated. overnight stays.

The information shows that 4-star hotels, where the largest number of beds are concentrated, had 48.9% of overnight stays in October, totaling 2.05 million, which is +7.6% or more than 144.7 thousand than in October 2019.

This was followed by 3-star hotels with 927.3k, but this increase was about half of 5-star hotels, by 7.6% or 65.5k, to 927.3k, and then 5-star hotels with 857. 4 thousand overnight stays, an increase of 15.9%. or 117.6 thousand compared to the same pre-pandemic month.

In contrast to the evolution in these categories, there were 2- and 1-star hotels, in which the number of overnight stays decreased by 2.7%, or ten thousand, to 360.8 thousand.

The cheapest apart-hotels (three and two stars) also saw a decrease in overnight stays, from -20.9% or less than 24.4 thousand, in hotels and farms in Madeira, from -0.4% or less, to about 300, and in tourist settlements, from -7.7. % or less than 17.5 thousand.

At the same time, the number of apart-hotels increased by 1.2%, or 8.5 thousand, to 717.5 million, due to the increase in 5-star hotels by 6.7%, or 6.6 thousand, to 104.9 thousand, and 4-star, by 5.4 thousand% or 26.4 thousand to 519.9 thousand.

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Overnight stays in tourist apartments also increased by 3.2%, or 13.6 thousand, to 437.8 million, local accommodation, by 0.6%, or 5.5 thousand, to 901.2 thousand, and , primarily tourism in rural areas and housing, with an increase of 45.2% or 67.3 thousand to 216.5 thousand people.

The INE data also shows that Portuguese tourist sites were the best in October in terms of overnight stays this year, with peaks achieved by 5-, 4- and 3-star hotels, 5- and 4-star apartment hotels, accommodation . and rural tourism and housing development.

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The Portuguese hospitality industry experienced the best October in terms of number of guests and overnight stays.

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Government approves strategy to combat “Portuguese underrepresentation” in Brussels



Government approves strategy to combat "Portuguese underrepresentation" in Brussels

This afternoon the Council of Ministers will approve a national strategy to combat what it considers “underrepresentation de Portugal” in European institutions, in particular the European Commission.

“There is a significant shortage of Portuguese, especially those working for the Commission,” explains the Secretary of State for European Affairs in statements to Renaissance🇧🇷 The problem, according to Thiago Antunes, is not limited to middle management: “This is the first time Portugal does not have a CEO in the European Commission”.

The government wants to “correct this imbalance and fight this deficit in order to win.”ability to influence in decisions.” But it is not possible to increase the number of vacancies for the Portuguese, if only because there are no national quotas for employees working in institutions.

To go to Brussels or even work in Portugal on a full-time basis, you need to pass a series of tests prepared by EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office). 🇧🇷These are very difficult competitions.with very concrete evidence,” the official explains.

The strategy will be based on several pillars: training, increasing grants and encouraging the mobility of civil servants. The Portuguese government is going to create a national training center to “better prepare our candidates for competitions”; to bet on “dissemination of opportunities; increase the balls (by quantity and value); and create a statute that allows those who work in the public administration of Portugal to move into the European public administration.

The aim is to achieve “greater representation” in the European Commission in order to have “greater influence” on the decision. Although the strategy is to strengthen the Portuguese presence in Brussels and the employees do not work for doesn’t matter that they are portuguese“, he defends.

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Fruits may not appear early or may not even be measurable. “It will take some time until we see results,” admits the former secretary of state to the prime minister. But the wait does not stop the Portuguese government. “We have to start right now,” Thiago Antunes insists, pointing to the demographic problem among those working in Brussels. “There are a lot of Portuguese who came in at the time of our accession and are now retiring.”

The strategy aims to reverse the cycle of loss of Portuguese representation among the 27. The diploma will be approved this Wednesday in the Council of Ministers.

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“His manager is Portuguese and…”; The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro “arranges” the problem in the protection of “Botafogo”



"His manager is Portuguese and...";  The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro "arranges" the problem in the protection of "Botafogo"


The defender must return from loan ahead of schedule, and the Glorioso coach will have to make a decision at the beginning of the preseason.

Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF.  First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.
Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF. First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.

With the end of the season Botafogo its reformulation is already underway with the participation of Luis Castro. Names like Carlinhos, for example, have already left General Severiano, but there is a tendency for the “purge” to continue a little longer. Especially with the return of borrowed athletes during the year.

goalkeeper case Diego Loureiro, who played on loan at Atlético GO, promoted to Serie B. Curiously, the Botafogo archer has a contract at Goiania until the end of 2023, but Dragao president Adson Batista is pessimistic about the player’s consistency.

“Diego Loureiro is a bit off because he still has a contract with Botafogo, his manager is Portuguese and he has a different vision.” said the director in an interview with radio Sagres from the capital of Goiás.

The goalkeeper played only two games for Atlético-GO, who were betting on Renan in the starting lineup. If he returns to Rio, Loureiro will likely see high competition in the black and white net as Luis Castro now has alternatives to Gatito Fernandes and Lucas Perry.

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