Sunday, January 15, 2017

Baroque Architecture: Palacio de Dos Aguas - Valencia, Spain

Palacio de Dos Aguas
Museo Nacional de Cerámica 
"González Martí" 
Cataluña, Spain

N 39° 28.366 W 000° 22.481

Short Description:

Palacio de Dos Aguas/Museo Nacional de Cerámica "González Martí" is located at Carrer del Poeta Querol, 2, València, Spain. It's famous for it's Rococo entrance.

Long Description:

The former Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas is now the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts (Museo Nacional de Cerámica y de las Artes Suntuarias González Martí). In 1740 the entire palace was redesigned in the Rococo, Late Baroque style designed by Hipolito Rovira and sculpted in alabaster by Ignacio Vergara. The museum features an especially magnificent doorway.

Relief sculptures of apparently sleeping men, Atlanteans, flank the entrance. They represent the two largest rivers of the Valencia area, the Turia and Júcar. The figures are a reference to the name Dos Aguas. The jugs of spilling water at the lower left and right are a visual pun on the name of the former owner of the palace. The coat of arms of the Marqués de Dos Aguas is sculpted over the door. At the top is a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus in her left arm. At her feet are a pair of cherubs.

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