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Santa Cruz Museum
Calle Miguel de Cervantes, 3
Tel. (+34) 925-221-402
Monday to Saturday, 10am-2pm and 4pm-6.30pm.
Sundays and public holidays, 10am-2pm.
Closed: 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
In 1494 the Hospital of Santa Cruz was founded by Cardinal Pedro Gonzalez de Mendoza, a very powerful man who helped Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand get the Spanish throne. It was started by Enrique Egas, who also worked on the royal hospitals of Santiago and Granada. The building is one of the most famous Renaissance buildings in Toledo from the 16th century. The façade is very prominent and is in the Plateresque style. There are also an impressive staircase and courtyard by Covarrubias. The building also has Renaissance and Mudejar coffered ceilings. The museum is one of the most important little museums in Spain.
The major art work in the museum is the painting “The Assumption of the Virgin” by El Greco. This was the last painting El Greco did. He has other paintings in the museum. Another important work is the Holy Family by Jose de Ribera. Other artists found in the museum are Antonio Moro, Coecke, Luis Tristan, Sanchez Cotan, and Lucas Jordan. Goya has an important Crucifixion and Morales painted “Christ in Chains”.
One imposing retable to the Virgin has figures done by Alonso Berruguete.
There are very good sculptures such as the Christ of the Light from the end of the 13th century. There is a bust of the Emperor Charles V by Leon Leoni, from the 16th century. There are two important polychromed wooden statues by Pedro de Mena.
There is a very important tapestry depicting the Zodiac, which is made from wool and woven by the Flemish in the 15th century for the Cathedral. One can also find many other tapestries in the museum from the 15th and 16th centuries. The patio of the museum has many carved stone fragments from the Roman and Visigothic cultures.