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Santa Cruz Museum

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  • El Greco room. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Toledo

    El Greco room. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Toledo

  • El Greco. 'Veronica with the Holy Face', between 1577-1580. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    El Greco. 'Veronica with the Holy Face', between 1577-1580. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Category

Archaeological, Fine Arts

Owner

State
Calle Miguel de Cervantes, 3
45001 Toledo
Toledo, Castile-La Mancha

Telephone+34 925221036

E-mailmuseodesantacruz@jccm.es

Websitehttp://www.patrimoniohistoricoclm.es/museo-de-santa-cruz/el-museo/

Temporary exhibitions

Located in the former Santa Cruz Hospital.

The outstanding features of this 16th-century building are its Plateresque façade and its courtyard and staircase, the work of Covarrubias, and its Mudéjar and Renaissance coffered ceilings. The museum's collection is divided into three sections: Archaeology, devoted to the Roman, Visigothic, Moorish and Mudéjar cultures; Fine Arts, with an excellent selection of 16th- and 17th-century paintings from Toledo, and works by such artists as El Greco; and Industrial Arts, with examples of popular culture and traditional local crafts (ceramics, glass, fabrics, wrought iron and precious metalwork).

Essential works

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  • Well parapet. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    Well parapet

    The piece is representative of the Islamic culture in Toledo. It was created to celebrate the end of construction of a water tank in the mosque complex in Toledo.

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  • Elephant head and tusks. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    Elephant head and tusks

    Large elephant head. This is the only example in Toledo which conserves all its three parts: head, gums and tusks.

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  • Crown of the Virgin of Los Desamparados. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    Crown of the Virgin of Los Desamparados

    Crown of gold, silver, precious stones, pearls and enamel made in Guatemala for Francisco Díaz de Salazar

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  • Christ of the Light. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    Christ of the Light

    This image is representative of Gothic sculpture and belongs to the Santa Cruz Museum collections.

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  • Processional monstrance by Juan de Arfe. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    Processional monstrance by Juan de Arfe

    This monstrance has been identified with the one made by the artist in 1592 for the Carmen Extramuros Convent in Valladolid, which was considered lost. It is an example of ideal purity and classicism, which characterise Spanish silverwork at the end of the 16th century.

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  • Large jar with royal crest. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    Large jar with royal crest

    This finely crafted piece is skilfully modelled and decorated with the spray technique, which is rarely used in pieces of large size and with a bulky shape.

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  • Hercules. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    Hercules

    Roman bronze depicting the figure of Hercules corresponding to the model of “Hercules Gaditanus”, a figure widely revered in Hispanic territories, and typified by this beautiful example found in Talavera de la Reina.

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  • The Assumption Oballe. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    The Assumption Oballe

    This painting was finished the year before El Greco died and is considered to be one of the artist's greatest masterpieces, his "aesthetic testament" synthesising all his work to date.

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  • Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Infant John the Baptist. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    The Holy Family with St Anne and the Infant John the Baptist

    It is considered to be one of the first versions of this iconography painted by El Greco.

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  • Holy Family. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    The Holy Family

    A first-rate work from the Santa Cruz Museum collections in which Ribera displays his use of the tenebrist atmosphere, taken from Caravaggio's art.

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Temporary exhibitions

  • Left: «La Anunciación», detail © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado; right: «La Anunciación», detail © Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza, Madrid.

    Exhibition: El Greco. Art and Skill

    The show contains paintings by El Greco alongside replicas and variants produced by his disciples and followers. For the first time visitors will have the chance to compare in situ different versions of paintings such as 'The Disrobing', 'Christ embracing the cross' and 'The Crucifixion'.

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Collections

The museum's collection is part of the collective catalogue of the Digital Network of Spanish Museum Collections (CERES), conceived as a space for dissemination which enables visitors to browse the various museum collections using the identifying features of each item (author, type of object, iconography, etc.).


Come and visit

Timetables

Monday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Sunday

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Closed: 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

Rates

Free admission

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