For the occasion of the exchange project between Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Rome’s Capitoline Museums, the Capitoline Superintendence has chosen to exhibit El Greco’s The Annunciation in the Italian capital. The artist from Crete lived in Spain for the last 40 years of his life and the nickname by which he is universally known is a clear reference to his Greek origins. The Annunciation is a signature work by El Greco that was painted in Toledo. It is also the definitive model that was presented to his clients for the creation of a large-scale painting to be used for a majestic altarpiece (retablo in Spanish) enclosed in a well-structured wooden frame. Painted between 1596 and 1600 for the main altar of the Colegio de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación in Madrid, the Retablo di Doña Maria de Aragon (founder of the school and client) was dismantled in the early 19th century and five of the resulting masterpieces were sent to the Prado Museum while the sixth painting was sent to the Museo Nacional de Rumania de Bucarest.
Grand Hotel de La Minerve, a 5 star Luxury Hotel in Rome, is located in one of the most fascinating squares of the city, between the Pantheon and the Church of “Santa Maria Sopra Minerva”. It offers its customers various packages like for example the Art and Gourmet:
The package includes:
- Accomodation in Superior room with Continental Breakfast by room service for two people
- Welcome drink at the “le Cupole” bar
- Candle light dinner for 2 people at the “Roof Garden Minerva” (3 courses – beverages exluded)
The offer is based on a minimum stay of 2 night stay
The package includes 10% VAT
The package do not include City tax, €3,00 per person per nigth.