museum of sacred art of funchal

Location: Funchal, Madeira
Art Genre: Sacred Art
Movements: Flemish Art; Portuguese Sacred Art
Most Prominent Works:
São Boaventura (15th century) by Portuguese Workshop;
São Nicolau (c. 1501-1510) by Mestre Adoração de Machico;
Saint Jerome (c. 1521-1540) by Marinus Van Reymerswaelle;
Our Lady of Help (1543) Attributed to Jan Gossart and his followers;
The Annunciation (16th century) by Joos van Cleve;
Triptych of the Descent from the Cross (1518-23), Gérard David.
Mediums: Painting, Sacred objects

summary

The Museum of Arte Sacra, located in Funchal Madeira, has a vast collection in various art forms (painting, sculpture, jewelry and religious gowns) of Flemish art dating between the 15th and 16th centuries, and Portuguese art dating between the 15th and the 19th centuries.

The Museum of Arte Sacra, is one of the most significant museums of the island. The building in which the museum is located is a 16th century building and the former residence of the bishops at the time, until it became a highschool between 1910 and 1950, at which point it was transformed into the current museum, which was officially founded 5 years later. The Flemish art (from the 15th and 16th centuries), which is located in the second floor, has various notorious works attributed to well regarded artists including Gérard David (with an altar piece entitled  Descent from the Cross),  Dieric Bouts (with São Tiago),  Joos Van Cleve (with two significant works The Annunciation and the Triptych of São Pedro, São Paulo and Santo André), Jan Provoost (with the work Maria Madalena, the Flyers of the Triptych of the Calheta Matrix), and lastly, Pieter de Coeck Van Aels (with the work Triptych of Santiago Menor and São Filipe). In the Portuguese section, located on the first floor, it is of reference the works of  Fernão Gomes (from the 16th century), entitled Ecce Homo and the Ascension of Christ; and of particular significance is also the processional cross, given by King Dom Manuel I to the Sé Cathedral of Funchal, which is considered a masterpiece of this artform. Besides the cross, the museum also houses a collection of jewelry items, also from the 15th century, which were mostly used in Churches and Chapels in Madeira. In the last floor, the Torre Varanda Mirante (The Belvedere Tower) is a very typical architectural feature of 18th century palaces, it was an observation point for ships, and a place for rest and contemplation for the bishops; adorning one the walls of the balcony is an 18th century while and blue tile panel depicting an allegory of  the Three Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity.

analyzed works

Triptych of the Descent from the Cross (1518-23), Gérard David

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other significant works

Artist: Portuguese Workshop
Title: São Boaventura
Medium: Oil and tempera on oak panel
Dimensions: 200 x 137 cm
Date: 15th Century
Location of creation: Portugal
Located at: Sé Cathedral, Funchal
Current Location: Museum of Sacred Art of Funchal, Portugal

Artist: Joos van Cleve
Title: The Annunciation
Medium: Oil on oak panels
Dimensions: 194 x 205 cm
Date: 16th century
Location of creation: Bruges/Antwerp
Current Location: Museum of Sacred Art of Funchal, Portugal

Artist: Mestre Adoração de Machico
Title: São Nicolau
Medium: Oil on oak panels
Date: c. 1501-1510
Location of creation: Bruges/Antwerp
Provenance: Hospital da Misericórdia do Funchal
Current Location: Museum of Sacred Art of Funchal, Portugal

Artist: Attributed to Jan Gossart and his followers
Title: Our Lady of Help
Medium: Oil on oak panels
Dimensions: 244 x 221 c
Date: 1543
Location of creation: Bruges/Antwerp
Current Location: Museum of Sacred Art of Funchal, Portugal

Artist: Marinus Van Reymerswaelle
Title: Saint Jerome
Medium: Oil on oak panels
Dimensions: 25 x 32 cm
Date: c. 1521-1540
Location of creation: Bruges/Antwerp
Located at: Convento da Encarnação, Funchal
Current Location: Museum of Sacred Art of Funchal, Portugal 

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○ São Boaventura (15th century) by Portuguese Workshop;
○ São Nicolau (c. 1501-1510) by Mestre Adoração de Machico;
○ Saint Jerome (c. 1521-1540) by Marinus Van Reymerswaelle;
○ Our Lady of Help (1543) Attributed to Jan Gossart and his followers;
○ The Annunciation (16th century) by Joos van Cleve.