Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Art from the Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon © Stefan Lochner
Gulbenkian was an Armenian oil magnate who died in 1955 having put together one of the world's finest private art collections. The collection is now housed in a modern centre where the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation sponsors a host of cultural and performing arts projects, featuring a rotating exhibition of works by Portuguese and foreign artists. The Gulbenkian collection itself covers Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities; Islamic ceramics and textiles; Syrian treasures; Chinese ceramics; Japanese prints and lacquerware; and European medieval illuminated manuscripts. The collection is vast and astounding, among which are two Rembrandts, a Rubens and a Renoir.