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200 Years Since the Birth of D. Fernando II Exhibition
On 29 October will see the opening of the exhibition “Fernando Coburgo fecit: the artistic activity of the King-consort”, in D. Manuel II's room at the National Palace of Pena; it runs until 30 April 2017. The exhibition marks the bicentenary of the birth of D. Fernando II, the creator of the Pena Palace and Park, and is dedicated to the monarch's artistic work.
The exhibition is curated by Hugo Xavier, curator of the Palace, and reveals a large set of never before displayed drawings, pictures and manuscripts acquired in 2012 by Sintra's Parks and other embedded objects, with highlights including a frame with ceramic plates painted by the king.
The show also features some items donated by descendants of the Countess D'Edla, the monarch's second wife, and pieces given by individuals and institutions, such as the National Museum of Ancient Art, National Palace of Ajuda, the Museum-Library of the House of Bragança and, from within the world of PSML, the National Palace of Queluz.
Nicknamed the “artist king”, D. Fernando II, king-consort of Portugal through his marriage to Maria II, was an educated, elegant, music loving man, a great collector and patron of the arts. A skilful designer, he preference was for experimentation, especially when it came to engraving, initially, and later with ceramic painting.