Audio File length: 2.51
Author: STEFANO ZUFFI E DAVIDE TORTORELLA
English / USA Language: English / USA

The opposite side of the church has the "Capitol Halls" where the Hieronymite fathers met to discuss and make decisions about the monastery's administration. They are late-Renaissance halls with ceiling frescoes by painters from the Genoese school. The walls reveal a real gallery of sixteenth-century paintings; I especially recommend stopping to look at the dramatic Dream of Philip II, a particularly visionary work by El Greco. El Greco is also responsible for the so-called Apostolado, which is the series of busts of the twelve Apostles. Works by various Venetian artists abound, including Tintoretto, Veronese, and above all Titian, King Charles V's favorite painter. His son Philip II was instead a fan of Hieronymus Bosch, and here you can admire his different version of the Mocking of Christ.

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