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LORDS OF THE OCEAN
TREASURES OF
THE PORTUGUESE EMPIRE
OF THE 16TH-18TH CENTURIES

8 December 2017 – 25 February 2018

For the first time the exhibition to be held at the Moscow Kremlin Museums refers to the history and culture of the Portuguese colonial empire of the 16th–18th centuries. It was the first colonial empire of the early modern period, playing a crucial role in world history. The Portuguese were the pioneers to change the previously existing communication system and to have the civilizations of Africa, South and East Asia so closely connected to Europe. As a result, the intersection of cultural traditions became a perfect ground for entirely new forms to emerge, where the legacy of the East and the West melted and acquired a totally different quality, creating fascinating works of art, unique for their impact.

CATALOGUE

The catalogue consists of two sections describing the features of history and art of Portugal and its colonial possessions. The exhibits presented belong to the collections of the museums, archives, libraries and private collections from Lisbon, London, Madrid, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The first section 'Formation of the Portuguese Navy Empire' introduces European, mainly Portuguese works created in the late 15th - mid-18th century, evidences of significant historical events reflecting the main developmental milestones of Portuguese culture. Another section 'Meeting of the Civilizations: Conquest, Missionary work, Dialogues of Cultures' includes artifacts principally made in different colonies of the empire under the impact and in collaboration with Portuguese and all-European culture. The catalogue is on sale at the exhibition hall of the Assumption Belfry, the museum shops opposite the Patriarch's Palace, at the Alexander Garden and Armoury Chamber. Price: 2,500 RUB.

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LORDS OF THE OCEAN
TREASURES OF
THE PORTUGUESE EMPIRE
OF THE 16TH-18TH CENTURIES

  • Opening hours:10:00 to 17:00
  • Ticket office:9:30 to 16:30
  • Day off ‒ Thursday
  • Left luggage office:9:00 to 18:30
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