Diogo de Bragança, the eighth Marquis of Marialva, passed away in 2012. He was a highly renowned horse rider and an Equestrian Art specialist, which he dedicated himself to throughout his life both as a collector of materials on this theme and as an author penning a wide range of publications. The valuable library he bequeath primarily focuses on Equestrian Art while also including works dedicated to bullfighting and hunting. The library spans around one and a half thousand printed works and manuscripts ranging from the 16th century to the 20th century and including works of great rarity. Around 200 engravings and original prints complete the collection.
Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, manager of EPAE – the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art, located in Queluz, decided to acquire this collection in 2014 with the objective of expanding the scope of EPAE activities to studying Equestrian Art and, in so doing, paying due homage to Diogo de Bragança.
Inaugurated in 2015 and named after its founder, the library serves to enrich the National Palace of Queluz, a royal residence that, from the 18th century onwards, has always been interconnected with Portuguese equestrian traditions.
The Diogo de Bragança Equestrian Art Library
National Palace of Queluz
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10:h30 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Diogo de Bragança, 8th Marquis of Marialva (1930-2012)
Born in Lisbon, in the Palace of Grilo, and the fourth male heir among the eight children born to the fifth Dukes of Lafões and the sixth Marquises of Marialva, he was educated in an austere and cosmopolitan ambience to very highly demanding cultural standards. A jurist and musician by background – he graduated in Law from the University of Lisbon and did the general composers program at the National Conservatory – he was also a farmer and livestock breeder, activities in which he demonstrated his capacity to conjugate theory with practice and the past with the present.
Those who spent time with him describe him as happy and expansive and excellent in conversation, endowed with great erudition and a fine sense of humour. Single, bon vivant, and a merited gourmet, he was also a great appreciator of fado and Portuguese literature and often quoting directly the poetry of Fernando Pessoa, a personal favourite. A highly skilled rider, Diogo de Bragança was a worthy successor to the fourth Marquis of Marialva, High Steward to King José, and his forefather renowned for his decisive role in the final completion of the Royal Stables and encouraging Equestrian Art in Portugal in the second half of the 18th century.
Highly eclectic in the friendships built up over the course of life, he nevertheless always cultivated a certain particular reservation and discretion over his own personal library, in particular over his Equestrian Art collection now available to all.