Until the end of this month, the Soares dos Reis National Museum has free extended opening hours every Thursday from 18:00 to 20:00. The initiative is part of the summer programme that has been energising the Museum since June, with a very diverse calendar of activities.
On 28 September, at 6pm, there will be a Meeting in the Garden, with a commented session on the sculpture O Eco, which will address issues such as the iconography of the work, conservation problems and the affiliation of the author, Maria Ribeiro.
Maria da Glória Ribeiro da Cruz, documented between 1902 and 1930, was one of the few women who dedicated herself to sculpture in Portugal at the time, and the first to have a work integrated into a public garden in Lisbon.
Although little known, her work deserves a prominent place in the artistic panorama of the early 20th century.
Trained at the Porto School of Fine Arts and a disciple of Teixeira Lopes, she also studied at the École Nationale de Beux-Arts in Paris and attended the Drawing Course at the Académie Colarossi, where she was awarded first prize.
She was taught by Laurent-Honoré Marqueste, Victor Peter and Louis-François Biloul and took part in several exhibitions in Portugal and France.