St. Pius V Museum of Fine Arts
A remarkable Gothic altarpiece collection, as well as works from some of Spain's foremost Old Masters
A nest of culture vultures
Named after the 15th-century pope Pius V, the Museo de Bellas Artes San Pío V is perhaps Valencia's foremost cultural centre as well as one of the top in Spain. Its collection is especially notable for Gothic altarpieces of the 14th and 15th centuries, executed in particular by local and regional artists. But other stars include masters such as Velázquez, Murillo, José de Ribera, Goya, and Valdé Leal, as well as an extensive collection of works on paper, numbering more than 10,000 drawings and engravings. The enormous building, orginally built in 1683 at the behest of the local archbishop to train priests, also served in the 19th century as a military academy.
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