The origin of the Museo de Cádiz (Cadiz Museum) begins in 1835 with the deposit at the Academy of Fine Arts of a series of paintings. These were from various secularised monasteries. There is an interesting collection of archaeological finds and fine arts.
The casual discovery in 1887 of the male Phoenician anthropoid sarcophagus in the grounds of the existing shipyards of Cádiz was the starting point of the archaeological collection. In addition to these, the funerary objects and Punic and Phoenician accessories recovered both in Cádiz and in the sanctuary of Melkart stand out. We must mention that of Hercules in Sancti Petri and the Village of Doña Blanca in El Puerto de Santa María. We cannot forget the Roman remains from Cádiz, Medina Sidonia, Sancti Petri and Baelo Claudia. Due to their spectacular nature, the collection of statues shine on its own merit.
The Fine Arts section in the Cadiz Museum is equally divided by rooms. It is a tour of the painting from the 16th century to today. Notably Flemish, Italian and Spanish works of the 16th century are shown. There are also works by Zurbarán for the Cartuja de Jerez between 1637 and 1639, various works of Murillo and his disciples within the Baroque collection or a work of Joan Miró in the contemporary art section.
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