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Friday, November 1, 2013

Madrid Exhibition: artistic treasures of San Lorenzo de El Escorial Monastery

The artistic wealth of El Escorial Monastery is the star of this exhibition organized by Patrimonio Nacional, Spain's national heritage agency, to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the laying of its foundation stone. Back in the 16th century, this valuable collection was rivaled only by that of the Vatican.
Bosch, Titian, Patinir, Navarrete “The Mute,” Alonso S├ínchez Coello, Antonio Moro and Bernard Van Orley are just some of the artists whose works were acquired over the years for this monastery in the Madrid region.
Many of these treasures have been moved, although others remain in El Escorial. This show brings together many of these pieces, including a group of three masterpieces by Titian - not shown together since the early 19th century - for the old church of El Escorial: “The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence,” “The Adoration of the Magi,” and “The Burial of Christ."
Most of the works on display belong to Patrimonio Nacional's own collections. They will be joined by others from the Prado Museum, the National Gallery in London, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Louvre Museum and the National Library of Spain.
After completing their tour of the exhibition, visitors will receive a pass to get into the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial for just €1 more.
The exhibition is ongoing through January 12, 2014 at the Royal Palace from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Palace and exhibition: Basic admission: €11.
Reduced: €6.
With ticket to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial: €1.

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