Madrid It is a mega city. For me, a mega city that I love, but I think it is still true that it is a city of considerable dimensions and in which to live can become something uncomfortable as soon as you have to work something away from home. However, for those of us who visit, Madrid is a place that has a thousand charms and things to offer dozens of different types of travelers.
Everyone knows the emblematic points of the capital of Spain: the Puerta de Alcalá, the El Retiro park, the Cibeles, the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza de España, Puerta del Sol ...
But nevertheless, Madrid is made of small corners that have many stories to tell. Walking through its beautiful downtown streets can bring you many surprises. One of those silly weekends that you don't know very well what to do, I decided to travel to Madrid to discover some of them. Here you have the result of my research:
A painting of El Greco hidden in a church
San Ginés Church
Madrid has endless churches of all sizes, colors and styles. But nevertheless, the beautiful church of San Ginés, located in the central Calle del Arenal, Keep a canvas-shaped secret.
And here it is One of the most important works of art to see in Madrid. It is a picture of El Greco: 'Expulsion of the merchants from the Temple' (also known as 'The Purification of the Temple').
This genius of the early seventeenth century, painted this oil on canvas between 1609 and 1614. He did it in Toledo and would arrive at the small church of San Ginés when he was donated by a member of the Royal Congregation of the Holy Christ of Redemption as payment for The salvation of his soul. Over the years, the painting was forgotten and stored in a drawer. In fact, it was doubted that the great Domenico Theotocopoulos had painted it. However, during an in-depth study of this 136 by 132 cm painting, carried out in 1988, the genius signature was found under several layers of varnish. There was no doubt: it was a work by El Greco.
Since then, the painting was placed in a safety cabinet, with armored glass, and was exposed to the public again. Yes, You will not be able to see it whenever you want and that is a measure that still makes it a more special painting.
I was lucky to be able to admire 'The Purification of the Temple' because I decided to visit Madrid on a weekend. The table can only be seen on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 11 am and 11:30 am to 12 pm. The rest of the time is hidden from the looks and the lights behind a curtain.
It was fortunate to be able to see this painting that has these stylized figures and gloomy atmosphere, typical of the works of El Greco.
A jewel that is a stone's throw from the Puerta del Sol and other monuments to see in Madrid and that usually goes completely unnoticed.
San Ginés Bookstore