House-Museum of Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves

House-museums are some of my favorite types of museums because they often reveal the distinctive taste of an individual, couple, or household. From furniture to tableware, paintings to wall color, these uniquely unique museums are usually (although not always) smallish and contained within one building—the historic figure/collector’s home—personalizing the experience for a visitor beyond the often clinical and exhausting approach of a large museum’s endless galleries. Lisbon’s House-Museum of Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves is one such space, reflecting the artistic sensibilities and design preferences of a prestigious bachelor ophthalmologist in the early-to-mid twentieth century. You’ll find a few photos I took on my two trips to the museum below, but to know more click here for a piece I wrote on it for Atlas Obscura. 

Just a few gorgeous pieces from the doctor’s extensive collection of Chinese porcelain.

João Vaz’s “Church Interior (Parish Church of Viana do Alentejo)” with frame that complements the centrality of the painting’s columns and arches.

Courbet’s “Closed Woods”

Portugal’s Mona Lisa? The good doctor certainly thought so.

Maria Lucília Moita’s “Red Chair”

Some serious side-eye in this portrait. And notice how the wallpaper matches the upholstery.

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