escolma de escultura

Anthology of Sculpture

Rúa da Granxa, S/N, 32004

Tuesday to Saturday: 9.00 - 21.00 h Sunday: 9.00-15.00 h Monday and holidays: close

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An exhibition room in the surroundings of St Francis' cloister showing artworks from the Archaeological Museum.

Next to St. Francis’ Cloister, in the space that used to be the chapel of the former convent, this hall that takes us on a tour of the history of Ourense. Its temporary exhibitions offer an interesting and representative overview of the collections of the Provincial Archaeological Museum, from the so-called “Gallaecian warriors” to Renaissance sculpture.

With this space, the Provincial Archaeological Museum continues its educational purpose while its original headquarters, the former Bishop’s Palace, remains closed for renovation.

For several years, the Museum has carried out here its “Piece of the Month” activity, which aims to deepen the historical, artistic and material knowledge of pieces belonging to the museum’s collection. Every second Wednesday of the month, the chosen piece is presented, which will be exhibited for 30 days, accompanied by a detailed study of its particular history, its historical context, and its formal and stylistic characteristics.

Romanesque Art in the Collection

The temporal arc covered by this selection is wide: from Prehistory to the 19th century. As expected, the Middle Ages and its quintessential artistic style, the Romanesque, have a considerable presence. Among the pieces that can be enjoyed stand out:

  • Relief of the Adoration of the Magi (10th-11th centuries): the Virgin, enthroned, with baby Jesusd on her lap and the three Wise Men.
  • Capital with zoomorphic decoration (12th century): a magnificent capital of considerable dimensions decorated with three griffins, fantastic animals that combine an eagle and a lion.
  • Enthroned Virgin (12th century): polychrome wooden statue. Virgin seated on the throne (sans Jesus), hieratic, following the usual model of the time.
  • Christs (12th-1eth centuries): they represent Christ crowned as King of Kings. Of small dimensions, they could be part of an altar cross or the cover of an evangeliary. Limousine art.
  • Pixide de Ouvigo (13th century): also known as pyx (container for Eucharistic forms), this Limousin piece of art is decorated with the IHS monogram, which refers to Christ.

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