The Ambassador of Portugal in Moscow, Dr. Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro, inaugurated on November 15th at the Hermitage Museum, on the occasion of Saint Petersburg Cultural Week, the exhibition “Portraits of the Portuguese Royal Family to the Chesmenski Palace”, consisting of five paintings portraying members of the Portuguese royal family of the 18th century, from the permanent collection of that museum. The paintings, commissioned by Catherine II and authored by Miguel António do Amaral, refer to portraits of D. José I and his wife, D. Mariana Vitória; their daughter, Maria Francisca (future D. Maria I) and her husband, Prince D. Pedro (younger brother of D. José I); and of the son of both, D. José, Prince of Brazil.
The event also featured the exhibition of the original version of the Treaty of Friendship, Navigation and Trade, signed between Portugal and Russia in 1787, a key milestone in diplomatic relations between the two countries, made available by Torre do Tombo.
The exhibition is a joint initiative of the Sharing Foundation of Portugal, the Center for Russian Art and Culture of Portugal, ARTIS - Institute of the History of Arts of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon, the National Archives Institute/Torre do Tombo, and the Tretyakov Foundation, with the support of the Embassy of Portugal in Moscow. It will remain open to the public until December 15th, 2019.