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Arte e arquitetura


Thursday, December 30, 2010

We spent the day looking for contemporary art, which was actually quite hard to find during the holidays.  The Museu do Chiado hardly had contemporary art, but we were happy to discover the art of Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro.  Columbano’s realist paintings reminded us of Thomas Eakins and the paintings often revealed the influence of impressionist painters Manet and Degas.

Lisbon’s narrow streets are full of contemporary art.  We loved the contrast of the old, decadent buildings with the new, attention-grabbing graffiti by Lisbon’s youth.

Curvy metro seats are actually comfortable… and cool looking.

One of our favorite Castlelo de Sao Jorge moments was finding the Camera Escura on top of the Tower of Ulysses.  This periscope focuses on sights around the city and provides 360-degrees detailed views in real time.  It was rainy and cloudy when we were there, but the sun came out enough to show up on the disc.

A very contemporary-looking section of the Castelo…but really not contemporary at all!

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