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This is the exhibition of Belén de Salzillo in CentroCentro of the Cibeles Palace

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Belén de Salzillo in CentroCentro Cibeles de Madrid

One of the great attractions of this Christmas 2013-2014 in Madrid It is the possibility to see the great masterpiece of the Spanish baroque sculptor Francisco Salzillo: his nativity scene.

Indeed, in the exhibition hall of Cibeles Palace, CenterCenter, can visit the Bethlehem of Salzillo, that this year comes to have the prominence as complement of the traditional Bethlehem of the Madrid City Council that is exposed this time in the Fernán Gómez Theater of the Columbus square.

From the artistic importance of this nativity scene, the fact that its exposure to the public transcends beyond Christmas dates, since you can visit it until February 2, and should not be missing in a route to visit nativity scenes this Christmas.

He Bethlehem of Salzillo has been ceded to the city hall of the capital by the Salzillo Museum of Murcia, with the authorization of the Ministry of Culture, because it is a good of state ownership.

It is considered as «One of the most outstanding sculptural sets on Christmas in the history of Spanish art«, According to the mayor Ana Bottle during its inauguration.


Belén de Salzillo in CentroCentro Cibeles de Madrid

Made in the last quarter of the 18th century by the teacher Francisco Salzillo, after a commission from the noble Jesualdo Riquelme, in this baroque style nativity scene, evangelical episodes are combined with traditional scenes of the society of the moment.

The total set of Bethlehem of Salzillo It has 556 pieces, of which in CenterCenter 297 pieces are exhibited, as well as the architectures.

When visit the nativity scene, you will see that above all it is an exhibition of sculptural figures, exempt from the scenic scenery that characterizes most nativity scenes.


Herod's Palace in the Bethlehem of Salzillo de Cibeles in Madrid

In the exhibition there are several scenes, but the advice is that you look at each of the individual figures, with their personalized faces and careful preparation. You will be struck by, for example, the dramatic figures of the Massacre of the Innocents, or the detail of the shepherds' dog collars to protect themselves from wolves. Or the baroque clothes of the pages of the Magi.

You will check that figures of the Bethlehem of Salzillo they are made by different hands, and in fact many of them were made after the death of the artist and are the work of artists from his workshop, who followed his templates.

The figures, about 30 centimeters high, are mostly modeled in clay, some with glued canvases and fabrics, and subsequently polychrome within the Rococo tradition of the time.


Belén de Salzillo in CentroCentro Cibeles de Madrid

Among the scenes represented you have the Annunciation; he San Jose's Dream; of course the Birth in a portal made by Pedro Collado; he Courtship of the Magi; the Presentation in the Temple; he Herod's Palace; the Massacre of the Innocents; and the Flight.

But you can also see traditional scenes, such as musicians and dancers, hunters, butchers, spinners or cowboys.

Among the architectures, you have from the Virgin's House, which is inspired by a typical 18th century adobe adobe house, or the Herod's palace, a building of the Italian baroque.

Here you can check the visiting hours of the Belen of Salzillo in Cibeles, as well as the prices of the exhibition tickets.

Finally, do not miss this wide gallery of Photos of the Bethlehem of Salzillo in the Cibeles Palace, in Madrid.













































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