National Sculpture Museum in Valladolid
Museo Nacional de Escultura de Valladolid: Alonso Berruguete, La ascensión de Cristo (ca. 1530)Valladolid served as the capital of the Kingdom of Castile until Philip II decided to move the court to the city of Madrid. It is here that the National Sculpture Museum is found, within the cloister of the magnificent College of San Gregorio, adjacent to San Pablo Church. Both buildings are jewels of outstanding artistry, built in the architectural style known as Spanish Plateresque, characterized by the intricate and refined sculptures that adorn their extravagant façades.
This museum is as important as the Prado in terms of sculpture, and houses among its coffered-ceiling rooms one of the greatest treasures in the history of universal art. Unlike in the rest of Europe, most Spanish Baroque sculpture combined woodcarvings and paint, a technique with which artists created works of extreme naturalism and overwhelming beauty.
The extraordinary collection at the National Sculpture Museum is one-of-a-kind, and the masterpieces by Juan de Juni, Gregorio Fernández, Alonso Cano, Francisco Salzillo and Pedro de Mena convey a spirituality that as sensual as it is raw, characteristic of Spain’s Golden Age.