The Oratorio de la Santa Cueva is one of the treasures to discover in Cadiz. On top of this place, the midpoint canvases are noteworthy for its artistic importance. Three of them are work of Francisco de Goya, and are considered one of the most successful sets of religious themes of the Spanish artist.
The Oratorio de la Santa Cueva(“Oratory of the Holy Cave”) is one of the treasures to discover in Cadiz. It belonged to the Congregation of Spiritual Retreat, founded in the city in the 18th century. It had among its members some of the most prominent figures of the Cadiz society at the time.
The façade is very simple. There is a public altar with the painting of the Virgen del Refugio, by Franz Riedmayer.
Inside, it is divided into two areas. First, an underground area dedicated to the passion and death of Christ. Then, the other upper floor is dedicated to the celebration of the Eucharist. The lower chapel was designed by Torcuato Cayon as an austere room appropriate for penitential practices, where the image of the Calvary stands out. The so called High or sacramental Chapel offers, for its decorative richness, a deliberate contrast to the penitential area where the temple work of Torcuato Benjumeda stands out, in Mannerist style.
On top of Oratorio de la Santa Cueva, the midpoint canvases are noteworthy for its artistic importance. Three of them are work of Francisco de Goya, representing the multiplication of the loaves of bread and fish, the parable of the wedding guest and the sacrament. It is considered one of the most successful sets of religious themes of the Spanish artist.
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