National Museum of Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Burned down 2018

The Disappointed Tourist: National Museum of Brazil, Ellen Harvey, 2023. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

The National Museum of Brazil (Portuguese: Museu Nacional) is Brazil’s oldest scientific institution. Its building was the residence of the Portuguese Royal Family, the Brazilian Imperial Family and the Republican Constituent Assembly in turn before being given to the museum in 1892. The building was listed as a Brazilian National Heritage site in 1938 and was largely destroyed by a fire in 2018. The painting is based on a photograph from Alamy that was published in the Guardian.

The Museo Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, that burned down in 2018, a devastating, heartbreaking, unfathomable loss of world treasures. Courtney S.