Since its foundation by Queen Leonor (1458-1525), wife of King John II and sister of King Manuel I, the Convent of Madre de Deus has always been recognized as an exceptional place in the context of Portuguese heritage. Now that we celebrate its 500 years, the Museu Nacional do Azulejo opens a new exhibition dedicated to the building, to its works of art, and to the woman who founded this Most Perfect House.

Queen Leonor was totally committed to the spirituality of the movement Devotio Moderna, the searching for a closer relationship with God. She was a unique player in the intellectual universe of Renaissance Europe. Her activity as a patron of the arts, which made the Monastery of Madre de Deus one of the richest in Lisbon, is now remembered in this exhibition. Paintings, miniatures, ceramics, textiles and sculptures from all Europe are exhibited together in order to bring a new understanding about Queen Leonor and her Monastery.

From the 10th of December 2009, the Museu Nacional do Azulejo offers its audiences the opportunity to know the history of one of the most outstanding monuments of the city of Lisbon.