The hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida owes its fame to the frescoes painted by Goya on its dome, between June and December of 1798, and which represent the trance of Santa Padua before the people of Lisbon.
“San Antonio de la Florida”, Madrid’s Sistine Chapel
Francisco de Goya painted the walls above the cornice creating a work that generates an enveloping effect using a trick on the dome which gives it a three-dimensional effect. Many call these paintings the Sistine Chapel of Madrid.
This small Church is part of the National Heritage and the Historic Complex of the Royal Palace of Madrid. The building itself is a small, inconspicuous building with a medium sized central dome that illuminates the interior, which is precisely what surprises the visitor.
Do not miss this work of the painter and its great three-dimensional effect that is the starting point of Goya’s impressionism.
Most of the paintings are Goya’s masterpieces that occupy the entire dome of 6 meters in diameter with its walls, and the half dome of the main altar with the symbol of the Holy Trinity and painted in the spatial conception inherited from Tiepolo.
It was made in six months, with a distribution of human figures on a fictitious railing, which gives it a real and three-dimensional aspect with large doses of realism and an altar with pieces that were later painted by Jacinto Gómez Pastor. The work is completed with the works “La Adoración” represented in the apse of the vault and the admired “Milagro de San Antonio de Padua”.
Due to its special concern to guarantee its conservation, in 1905 it was declared a National Monument, later, in 1928 an identical temple was built next to it for religious worship, thus preserving the original and the paintings as a Museum.
The artist was buried in this church in 1919.
In front of the hermitage the statue of Goya is located, one of the tributes to the artist in Madrid.
In the tomb the skull of the body is missing, supposedly lost in his first burial in Bordeaux, the city where he died. Next to him is buried his friend Martin de Goicoechea. Both were buried together to avoid errors in the identification of the mortal remains.
Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 09:30 – 20:00.
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 – 14:00.
Mondays and holidays: Closed.
Address: Paseo de San Antonio de la Florida, 5, Madrid
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