National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro
Modeled on the Louvre in Paris, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro houses an important collection of Brazilian art.
Modeled on the Louvre in Paris, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro houses an important collection of Brazilian art. The French Renaissance style building designed by Grandjean de Montigny has a collection of 20,000 items including paintings, sculpture, drawings, decorative arts, and furniture. Its collection of Brazilian art from the 19th – 20th century includes Academicist French Artistic Mission, Neoclassical, folk, Modern, and Contemporary paintings, by the likes of Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, Jean-Baptiste Debret, Victor Meirelles, Pedro Américo, Anita Malfatti, Guignard, and Hélio Oiticica. The Brazilian sculpture collection includes copies of European sculptures. Prints, engravings and drawings round off the rich Brazilian collection. The international collection of art is mostly from Europe, with works of French painters from the 18th – 19th century, along with Dutch, Flemish and German works from the 15th-17th centuries. It also has a section on African art with exhibits across various media such as wood carvings, masks, ceremonial objects, ivory and bronze, textiles, and body ornaments.