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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
© Elia Diez Robertson
© Elia Diez Robertson
© Elia Diez Robertson

Lisbon Military Museum — House of Plasters

  • Original Authors:
  • Bartolomeu da Costa ,
  • Machado de Castro
  • (1771)

Lisbon’s Military Museum houses Casa dos Gessos (house of plasters), a Pombaline-style building of great architectural simplicity, purpose-built to host the plaster mould of the equestrian statue of king D. José. Designed by the famous sculptor Machado de Castro, the mould moved to the old Fundição de Cima, in Santa Clara, property of the Royal Arsenal of the Army, to be smelted in bronze by foundryman Bartolomeu da Costa, using the single-jet innovative technique (1774). Joined by eleven other moulds of statues coexisting in the same space, this piece stands in a bright building with an upper gallery that allows you to look straight in the eyes of king D. José.

Campo de Santa Clara, 62
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