Versão em português
Conservar Património,
n.º 25, 2017,
pp. 43-55


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The José de Figueiredo Institute role on the recovery of paintings from the Gulbenkian collection after the 1967 flood at the Pombal Palace, in Oeiras

Mercês Lorena1,*, Nazaré Escobar1

1 Direção Geral do Património Cultural, Laboratório José de Figueiredo, Rua das Janelas Verdes, 37 , 1200-690 Lisboa, Portugal



Before the opening of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in 1969, much of the Gulbenkian collection was displayed and stored at the Pombal Palace, in Oeiras. The 1967 flood was one of the greatest calamities that hit this collection. Of the 70 paintings that were kept in the safety deposit, and which were damaged by water and mud, two-thirds required special care, including two paintings that were considered irrecoverable: "Virgin with the child and Donors", by Vittore Carpaccio, and the "Island of S. Pietro di Castello", by Francesco Guardi. The José de Figueiredo Institute immediately began the salvage intervention that certain paintings required, using techniques and products internationally recognized and proven by the long years of their experience. An individual file process was prepared for each work, including a photographic and radiographic documentation plus a detailed description of the intervention procedure.


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; José de Figueiredo Institute; Flood; Conservation; Paintings; Abel de Moura



Original title

A ação do Instituto José de Figueiredo na recuperação das pinturas da coleção Gulbenkian após a inundação de 1967 do Palácio Pombal, em Oeiras





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