The islands of white gold, exhibition - Events and festivals Lisbon - PeopleImages
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From Thursday, November 16 2017 to Sunday, March 18 2018

Economic and artistic wealth.

The expansion of sugar cane production, following its introduction to Madeira at the end of the first half of the 15th century, led to sugar being exported to Lisbon and the ports of Flanders. This is how the consumption of "white gold" spread.
The economic boom meant that the social standing of the population which grew up around the sugar cane industry was redefined. And to show off their new social status, they imported works of art.

This exhibition looks at the discovery of this new land and the efforts made to set up economic and administrative structures. It showcases some of the masterpieces that were imported by the new local elite, so visitors can appreciate the great wealth of Madeiran artistic heritage.

Exhibition + museum: €10

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
Rua das Janelas Verdes, 17, Lapa
1900 Lisbon

Phone number
213 912 800


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