Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
FOUNDATION OF THE MONTE PIO DE COSECHEROS OF MÁLAGA
GIL, Geronimo Antonio: Spain, 1776, Bronze, 60 mm
Málaga is a maritime province of Spain, one of the eight modern subdivisions of Andalusia. The city of Málaga, the capital of Málaga province, is an Episcopal see and a port of southern Spain situated on the Mediterranean. The city has a long and tumultuous history. It was founded by the Phoenicians, passed to Carthaginian rule and became an ally of Rome. Later it fell to the Visigoths, then to the Arabs, and finally to Ferdinand and Isabella in 1487. It survived rebellions of the Moors in 1501, an English naval attack in 1570 and French occupation from 1810 to 1812.
The provincial museum of fine arts contains paintings by Zurbaran, Guido Reni and other masters including several by Pablo Picasso, who was born in Málaga.
This medal commemorates the foundation of the Royal Development Loan Institution of the Diocese of Málaga.
LINK to painting Saint Luke as a Painter before Christ on the Cross by Francisco de Zurbaran (from WebMuseum)
LINK to painting Atalanta and Hippomenes by Guido Reni (from Web Gallery of Art)
LINK to painting The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso (from Art Institute of Chicago)