September 19, 2020

Culture invested nearly three million euros in purchases in 2019 | Culture


Over the past 2019, the Ministry of Culture invested about three million euros (exactly 2,951,667) for the acquisition of works for public collections of the State, as reported by the institution in a press release. The figure represents an increase of 41.8% over the previous year (2,081,954 euros).

'Madonna with Jesus and John the Baptist', La Roldana.


‘Madonna with Jesus and John the Baptist’, La Roldana.

The frieze with stories entitled Eneida Eneas and harpiesOf the Italian Renaissance artist Dosso Dossi It was the most expensive acquisition, at a price of 950,000 euros. The work is the first of this painter of the first half of the sixteenth century that goes on to swell the Prado Museum collection with works such as Penitent CupcakeBy Alonso Cano (200,000 euros). In the balance of 2018 and 2019 the amount paid is included for purchasing The Virgin of Granadaby Fra Angelico, acquired in 2016 from the House of Alba for the Prado, and whose total cost –18 million euros– has been divided into four annuities, from 2016 to 2019.

The National Sculpture Museum Valladolid also it has increased its collection with carvings as Madonna with Jesus and John the Baptist Children, Luisa Roldan work, known as The Roldana. The success that works in baked clay and polychrome of this baroque sculptor – the first Spanish registrada- had at the time made the most of his pieces are dispersed among private collections and abroad. For the same vallisoletano museum has bought Immaculate Virgin, by Pedro de Mena, a piece that went into private hands in 1949 and was until recently unknown. The sculpture was a commission made in the last third of the seventeenth century by the Bishop of Cordoba.

'Mary Immaculate' by Pedro de Mena.


‘Mary Immaculate’ by Pedro de Mena.

Culture has also acquired goods such as the Marquesado de Aguilar de Campoo archive, 195 files and 19 books that will be kept in the Historical Archive Nobility ToledoAnd including 400 medieval diplomas, including rolled privilege of Alfonso VIII to the monastery of San Miguel de la Escalada, dated Burgos in 1193. For the National Museum of Contemporary Art Reina Sofia bought a group of literary posters made by Ernesto Giménez Caballero, known as GECE, between 1925 and 1927. the Museum of America also incorporates two boxes scenes from the life of the Virgin painted by Miguel Cabrera in 1751.

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