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Maria João Bustorff

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Maria João Bustorff

Minister of Culture
In office
17 July 2004 – 12 March 2005
Prime MinisterPedro Santana Lopes
Preceded byPedro Roseta
Succeeded byIsabel Pires de Lima
Personal details
Maria João Espírito Santo Bustorff Silva

(1950-08-13) 13 August 1950 (age 69)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Spouse(s)José Luís de Castro Caldas (divorced)
António Lobo Antunes (divorced)
Alma materTechnical University of Lisbon

Maria João Espírito Santo Bustorff Silva GOM is a Portuguese restoration specialist, philanthropist and former politician. She is known for her historical and cultural restoration and preservation work in both Portugal and Brazil through the Ricardo Espírito Santo Foundation, and also for being Minister of Culture during the government of Prime Minister Pedro Santana Lopes.

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Maria João Espírito Santo Bustorff was born on 13 August, 1950 in Lisbon, Portugal to António Sérgio Carneiro Bustorff Silva and Ana Maria da Anunciação de Fátima de Morais Sarmento Cohen do Espírito Santo Silva.[1] In 1973, she obtained a degree in social and political sciences from the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa[2] and then taught sociology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 1987, she joined the executive board of the Ricardo Espírito Santo Foundation, which operates facilities in Portugal and Brazil including a museum, two schools—the Institute of Art and Crafts and the School of Decorative Arts—and restoration workshops. All are involved in preservation of crafts and restoration of furniture and furnishings.

Bustorff expanded the work of the Foundation, which until she joined had been limited to Portugal, into Brazil, hoping to protect and conserve Portuguese heritage throughout the world. One of her first projects there was restoration of the Franciscan Monastery of St. Anthony Church in Igarassu, Pernambuco. The project earned the backing of the European Union's cultural division to protect heritage and at the time was the only organization trying to protect the Baroque art heritage in Latin America.[2] For her work, in 1998 she was awarded the National Cross of the South from Brazil[3] and a few months later received the Order of Merit from Portugal as Grand Officer.[4]

She continued working in Brazil and expanded into the states of Bahia, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, working closely with the Ministry of Culture of Brazil to preserve Brazil's historical and artistic heritage.[2]

In July 2004, Bustorff was chosen by Pedro Santana Lopes to become Minister of Culture in his government. Her choice was widely considered as a surprise.[5] The government would resign some months later, and after leaving her post she joined the Board of Arqueonautas Worldwide.[6]

Orders of Merit

  • 10 March 1998, National Cross of the South, Brazil[3]
  • 9 June, 1998, Grand Officer of the Order of Merit, Portugal[4]
  • 3 January, 2001, Grand Cross of the Order of Cultural Merit, Brazil[3]
  • 30 December, 2004, Collar of the Centennial of São Paulo, Brazil[3]
  • 31 January, 2005, Grand Cross of Merit, Italy[3]
  • 12 December, 2012, Grand official of the National Cross of the South, Brazil[3]


  1. ^ Raposo de Sousa Abecassis 1990, p. 587.
  2. ^ a b c "Entrevista Maria João Bustorff" (in Portuguese). Lisbon, Portugal: Revista Turbilhao. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Cidadãos Nacionais Agraciados com Ordens Estrangeiras". Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas (in Portuguese). Lisbon, Portugal: Presidência da República Portuguesa. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Nacionais com Ordens Portuguesa". Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas (in Portuguese). Lisbon, Portugal: Presidência da República Portuguesa. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  5. ^ Lucas Coelho, Alexandra; Salema, Isabel (18 July 2004). "Nova ministra da Cultura é uma incógnita" (in Portuguese). Lisbon, Portugal. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Company Overview of Arqueonautas Worldwide SA". New York, New York: Bloomberg. Retrieved 4 October 2015.


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