EXHIBITIONS IN SPAIN

Spain Spanish culture and history Exhibition. Miguel de Cervantes: from life to myth (1616-2016)

Exhibition. Miguel de Cervantes: from life to myth (1616-2016)

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EXHIBITIONS IN SPAIN

To coincide with the 400th Anniversary of the death of the most famous Spanish writer of all time, the National Library of Spain is holding the first major exhibition created to reveal the figure of Cervantes from three perspectives: the man, the character and the myth.

When you enter the exhibition, Cervantes himself welcomes you and invites you to see the most complete set of works relating to him ever shown. In fact, the National Library of Spain has the world’s largest collection of documents relating to Cervantes, and the show also features objects and artworks loaned by the National Archive, the Real Academia Española, the Simancas Archive, the Prado, Alcalá de Henares Town Council, the National Library of France and the British Museum.For example, there are only eleven original signatures by Cervantes in the world, and eight of them are here. You can see what is considered to be a true portrait of Cervantes, painted by Jáuregui; his earliest works; the Baptism certificate and Register of deaths recording the writer’s birth and death; and the story of how the iconic monument to Cervantes in Madrid’s Plaza de España was created. The show also explores aspects of his family, military and literary life. For instance, did you know he fought in the battle of Lepanto, or that he was a prisoner in Algiers?Paintings, engravings, lithographs, drawings, biographies and a great audiovisual presentation with phrases by this genius show the many facets of a writer who has become a symbol of the Spanish language. An unprecedented exhibition, which will be complemented during March and April by a series of related lectures.

Practical information

  • Date: From Mar 4, 2016 to May 22, 2016
  • Place: Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22
    28071. Madrid

Schedule

  • From Mar 4, 2016 to May 22, 2016
  • From Tuesday to Saturday From 10:00 to 20:00
  • Public holidays and Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00

* Information may be subject to modifications

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