Palacio de Carlos V
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Museum Of Fine Arts Of Granada

The museum is temporarily closed due to works to its air-conditioning system.

The Museum of Fine Arts was inaugurated on 11 August 1839 in the former Dominican Convent of Santa Cruz la Real, with the building and its collections coming from the same source: the confiscation of the objects from the religious orders by Mendiz√°bal several years before.

The Museum remained there until 1889 when the City Council decided to install a Military Institute in the building and the works underwent a rather unfortunate series of moves: firstly to some rooms in the Town Hall, then to a house on calle Arandas and finally to the Casa del Castril, together with the Archaeological Museum and the headquarters of the Academy of Fine Arts.

In October 1941, the General Directorate of Fine Arts, led by Gallego Bur√≠n, decided to move the Museum to the Palacio de Carlos V. In this way, the adaptation works of this site came to an end in order to realise a former idea (this project had already been planned in the previous century and reasserted in 1914 with a unanimous agreement by the Trust- to give the most significant civil monument of Christian Granada to the Museum as part of its structure. In the end, as Emilio Orozco D√≠az said in the Museum Guide, the work of the architect in completing the works to the Palace "was not to change its structure to install the Museum, but to complete the spatial areas maintaining their scope and using the profiles and layout required in the doors and windows". Thus, in summary, the Museum was adapted to the palace, completely respecting its rooms, without adding anything which was not required in order to esta... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (8)

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Permanent Collection

The works housed in this Museum, mainly consisting of paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 20th centuries, mostly come from churches and convents and were confiscated under Mendiz√°bal (1835-1837), complying with a Royal Order regarding the paintings and sculptures from the suppressed convents and monasteries. The origin of the works determines, to a large extent, the sphere represented (Granada school) and the prevailing religious themes.

Various donations, legacies and deposits added to this collection, such as those made by the General Directorate of Fine Arts between 1919-42, from the former National Modern Art Museum, the Portrait of the port Carulla (Retrato del poeta Carulla) by Gabriel Morcillo or the landscapes by Haes and Beruete, and from the Prado Museum. Among the first purchases, some paintings from the Granada school from the first half of the 20th century are worth special mention, in addition to the purchase of others by the City Council of Granada when Gallego Burín was mayor.

The deposits during the years 1957/58 by the National Art Museum in the 19th century (L√≥pez Cabrera, Mart√≠nez Cubells Vicente L√≥pez, Fortuny, the Madrazo, Mu√Īoz Degra√≠n, L√≥pez Mezquita, Hidalgo de Caviedes...) and the Prado Museum in 1970 (European painting from the 16th and 17th centuries) considerably added to the Museum collections.

Among the latest acquisitions, of special mention are the Inmaculada Concepci√≥n (The Inmaculate Conception) by Torcuato Ruiz del Peral (1987), the oil painting Nuestra Se√Īora de la Soledad (Our Lady of Solitude) by Manuel G√≥mez-Moreno Gonz√°lez (1988), the drawing A female nude (Desnudo de mujer) by Manuel+ [ Read all ]

Opening hours

The museum is temporarily closed due to works to its air-conditioning system.

Getting there

Public Transport
Urban bus services: n¬ļ 30, Alhambra; n¬ļ 32, Alhambra-Albayc√≠n.


Located in the Nuevos Museos building, in the grounds of the Alhambra.
Access restricted to researchers.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 14.00.

Other facilities
Restoration workshop.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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