When I walked into the Museum Soares dos Reis I wasn't aware I'd be spending the next three hours in its premises though I had some high expectations as to the artistic works being exhibited.
The first gallery had some oil paintings on display by Portuguese artists I had never heard of, one of them being Jorge Oliveira - Anguish and the days and Submersed Quietness (to be seen underneath on the left and right respectively).
Women carrying water jugs - 1951 (detail) by Julio Resende (left) and The visitors - 1953 by Augusto Gomes (right).
Mother and daughter - 1939 by Sarah Afonso
Market Sunset - 1937 by Abel Salazar (left) and Houses of Malakoff Paris - 1923 by Dordio Gomes (right).
Barredo - old Porto - 1935 by Dordio Gomes
Self-portrait by Guilherme Camarinha (left) and Self-portrait by José Tagarro (right).
Unknown title (left) and Old Tower in Massarelos (right) - 1929 by Dominguez Alvarez.
Tea set and toasts - 1914 by Eduardo Viana.
Head of young lady - 1953 Bronze sculpture by Lagoa Rodrigues (left) and The kiss - terracotta sculpture by Canto da Maia (rught).
(To be continued)