The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Alava was opened in 1999. Located in the girola of the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, also called New Cathedral of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Its origins have to remount the early twentieth century, when it starts to gather in the Episcopal Palace the first pieces of the collection.
The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Alava protects, studies and exposes the religious heritage of the Diocese of Alava
After having several locations, finally in 1997 the Diocese of Vitoria and Alava Regional Council agreed to create the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and to place definitively in the girola of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Vitoria-Gasteiz, opening its doors to the public in 1999.
The collection of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Alava comes mostly from the Provincial Council of Alava, the Bishopric of Vitoria and the churches of the diocese.
The collection is exhibited in six sections distributed in chronological order and denominated a function of the materials and techniques used.
These sections are listed as the Stone, the Trunk, the Liturgy of the Table, that of Canvas and Silver.
- The Stone section corresponds to rooms 1 and 2, where the visitor sees Preromanesque and Romanesque sculptures ranging from the V century to the thirteenth century. Also here you can see stelae, altars, tombs, corbels, capitals and windows among others.
- In the section of Trunk corresponds to the halls 3 and 4 where the visitor sees pieces of imagery carved from wood logs ranging from Romanesque to Baroque. Mainly are representations of the Virgin with the Child, Christ Crucified and Saints.
- In the section corresponding to the Liturgy in the hall 5, the visitor sees the recreation of a place of worship with their most representative components.
- In the section of the Table corresponds to the halls 6 and 7, where the visitor sees works medieval and Renaissance, essentially oil paintings with special dedication to flamenco and to autochthonous mainly of the sixteenth century.
- In the section on Canvas corresponds to the halls 8 and 9 where the visitor sees mainly Baroque painting but also find painting of late Renaissance as “The San Francisco meditating on his knees” by El Greco.
- In the section of the Silver corresponds to rooms 10 and 11 where the visitor sees religious jewelry ranging from the thirteenth to the twentieth century as chalices, goblets, processional crosses, monstrance, pyxes and reliquaries and other artworks.
The visit to the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Alava can be made throughout the year except Mondays the museum will remain closed.
More information on the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Alava in alava.net
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