|The Diocesan Museum, opened in 1916, recently reopened after six years of renovation, the building of the Episcopal Palace.|
The Museum has a permanent exhibition of some 200 works unique artistic heritage of the Church of Majorca - outside objects of worship - offering a wide panorama of the history of Christianity in Majorca since the fifteenth century to the present day. It mainly home to many Gothic and Mudejar works. The museum is divided into seven sections: religious sculpture, archeology, ceramics (mostly mainland Spain) and other objects of the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, the legacy Seguier various religious art and numismatics, Gothic painting and literature collection. The contents of the museum comes from convents, monasteries, churches… and donations from private collections.
The first work that we discover is an altarpiece depicting the Passion of Christ (dating from the years 1290 to 1305), from St. Clare Monastery.
On the right, a masterpiece of Francesc Horns "St. James de Compostela (Sant Jaume de Compostela)," known as St. James the Matamoros (Santiago Matamoros), the "butcher of the Moors".
The work of the Valencian painter of the Renaissance Joan de Joanes also holds a special place in the museum.
The oratory gothic Saint Paul, located at the end of one wing of the museum, has a window by Gaudí, which is a test for the windows he made for the cathedral.
You can also see a statue of St. Dominic, dating from the eighteenth century, which is one of the few vestiges of the great Dominican monastery that was at the heart of Palma - the location of the Palace March - which was destroyed in the middle of nineteenth century.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a remarkable altarpiece of the fifteenth century, the "Saint George" (Sant Jordi) painted around 1468-1470 by Pere Nicard, introducer Mallorca Flemish style. The work is characterized by the wealth of detail: the saint slaying the dragon is depicted with, in the background, the city and the port of Palma as they were in the sixteenth century.
Nearby, another work of Pere Nicard and his master, Rafel Muger representing taking Palma in 1229.