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Museo de la Archicofradía de la Esperanza (Museum of the Confraternity of Hope) - Museums

Museo de la Archicofradía de la Esperanza (Museum of the Confraternity of Hope)

Museo de la Archicofradía de la Esperanza (Museum of the Confraternity of Hope)

A Display of religious art which includes painting, carving, metalwork and embroidery. Exhibitions cover two floors with an area of ??400 m2. Noted for its monumentality, the "Altarpiece of the Passion" fresco is a neo-cubist work by Rodríguez Acosta. The monumental mural covers the ceiling and tells the story of the Confraternity of Eugenio Chicago, and the thrones of the Nazareno del Paso and M ª Sta. De la Esperanza.

The collection

This brotherhood is greatly venerated by the people of Málaga and the Brotherhood's images that you can see in the church deserve special mention. The Christ, a work by Benlliure in 1935, represents a Nazarene raising a cross, with the peculiarity that one of the arms is articulated. Every year, this enables the figure to bless everyone who attends the procession and who pass through the Plaza de la Constitution.

Our Lady of Hope is an anonymous 17th-century work, of which only the head was preserved after the incidents of 1931. The body and hands were made by Luis Alvarez in 1970.

Being a clothed virgin, several dresses used for clothing the "dolorosa" are exhibited. The crown of the Virgin is a great piece of jewellery made in 1963 in sterling silver with settings of emeralds, diamonds, pearls and ivory.

On the ground floor are the noteworthy Real Archicofradía del Dulce Nombre de Jesús Nazareno del Paso y María Santísima de la Esperanza. The Christ was made of polychrome wood by Palma Burgos, while the Virgin is the work of Málaga sculptor Andres Cabello in 1949.

On this floor you can see the banners made by prestigious artists such as Felix Revello de Toro who has his own museum in Málaga.

There is a large variety of processional objects such as horns, maces, labara or lanterns. The cloths on the horns that you can see on the first floor are great works of art that combine embroidery, gold and ivory carving.

The work of Granada artist Miguel Rodríguez-Acosta titled "Altarpiece of the Passion" was made when the Brotherhood resided in the convent of San Carlos and Santo Domingo. The neo-romantic mural from 1962 and transferred to canvas in 1993 can be seen today on the second floor of the museum.

The Building

The idea for the building the museum was launched in 1975, but the Brotherhood house was not finished until 1988. The museum, which occupies about 400 square metres, was inaugurated in 1993, in the presence of the Infanta Elena.

The museum is housed in an annexe to the church, and is accessed from an Andalusian patio. It occupies the rectangular, open and versatile space where the thrones are assembled and from where they leave in procession. On the first floor, forming overhangs on the walls of three sides, are displays holding goods processional objects.

The paintings on the ceiling by painter Eugenio Chicano, tells the history of the fraternity through frescos.

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