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Caravaca's 'Mystics' exhibition closes with more than 39,000 visitors in its three months of opening (08/01/2019)

With more than 39,000 visitors the exhibition 'Mystics.

Santa Teresa and San Juan de la Cruz, light in the Golden Age ', that for just over three months has remained in the hall of the old church of the Compañía de Jesús de Caravaca.

The exhibition, made up of some 70 works of great masters of painting and universal sculpture, has been a cultural landmark for the Region and one of the most outstanding exhibitions at a national level, resulting in a tourist attraction that has attracted people from all over the world. Spain and foreign countries.

'Mystics' has also reached a broad regional and national media impact, both in the general press and in specialized magazines, highlighting the report published by the leading magazine of the sector 'Discovering the art' or the pieces issued in the 'Telediario' of La 1 of Spanish Television.

The exhibition has had the Camino de la Cruz Foundation as its main sponsor, with the close collaboration of the City of Caravaca de la Cruz and the support of the Diocese of Cartagena, the Discalced Carmel and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

The works that have been admired in the Society of Jesus came from several private and public collections, donated by institutions such as the National Prado Museum, the Santander Foundation, Abelló Collection, the National Museum of Sculpture, the Museum of Fine Arts of Murcia, the Nieves Fernández gallery, the Discalced Carmelites, the Museum of Fine Arts of Murcia and the Brotherhood of the Vera Cruz.

The peak of visitors was recorded on December 8, coinciding with the celebration of the XV Medieval Market of Caravaca e la Cruz, when the entrance of 1,500 people in a single day was counted.

"The large influx of visitors has led to many times the closure schedule has been delayed, as the capacity was limited to one hundred people per visit and we did not want anyone to be left without knowing it," the commissioner said. , Nacho Ruiz, who has made reference to the great work carried out these weeks by a team of guides and security in charge of attending the room.

Among the institutional visits, the one made last December 22 by the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Government of Spain, José Guirao, stands out.

The exhibition has shown the story of mysticism in the history of Western culture, through the figures of Saint Teresa of Jesus and Saint John of the Cross and their presence in Caravaca de la Cruz, where both founded convents.

To do this, a complete collection of works was collected, including sculptures, embroidery, goldsmithing, and bibliographic material, from the 16th century to the present.

Among the authors, the 'El Greco', Murillo, Alonso Cano, Ribera and Luis de Morales 'El Divino' stood out, together with other important referents of Spanish painting and sculpture.

Some pieces of contemporary art were also incorporated, such as those signed by Chillida and Tápies.

One of the great claims of the show has been the large format portrait of San Juan de la Cruz, made 'ex profeso' for this exhibition by the artist Santiago Santiago Ydáñez, considered the largest canvas in Europe.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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