Exhibition on the War of Independence in Toledo

Exhibition on the War of Independence in Toledo

Since December 16, 2008 we can enjoy in the Museum of Santa Cruz a magnificent exhibition dedicated to the War of Independence. 500 pieces related to this period and commemorating its bicentennial, offering a didactic and interactive exhibition.

With the title “ESPAÑA 1808-1814: DE SÚBDITOS A CIUDADANOS”, the exhibition is located on the two floors of the museum, divided into two thematic areas on the Napoleonic era and has a state character, although clear examples and regional and local details can be observed. One of the themes will reflect the society of Spain at the end of the eighteenth century and the other the cultural and intellectual environment, so active in those days and whose route will be accompanied by audiovisual and interactive exhibitions.

Organized by the Regional Government and SECC, ‘Spain 1808-1814. From subjects to citizens’, presents “an analysis of the conflict between the Spanish people and the Napoleonic troops”, from the historical, economic, cultural and social point of view of “an important period for Spain, where the word nation and the word citizenship had so much relevance”.

This exhibition can be visited free of charge at the Museum of Santa Cruz in Toledo from 4 December 2008, where it will remain until 15 June 2009, and aims to be a benchmark at national level, to publicize the social and cultural transformations experienced by Spain during the years of occupation of the Napoleonic army.

Exhibition on the War of Independence in ToledoMore than 600 pieces

The exhibition presented today is the fourteenth large-format exhibition organised by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha, through the Sociedad Don Quijote de Conmemoraciones Culturales (Don Quixote Society for Cultural Commemorations).
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Spain 1808-1814. From subjects to citizens’, will have 615 pieces, donated by 67 lenders, among which are institutions as prominent as the Military Historical Archive of Madrid, the General Archive of Simancas, the National Library, the National Archaeological Museum, the Prado Museum, the Library of the Congress of Deputies, the Thyssen Bornemisza Collection and the National Theatre Museum of Almagro, among others


Some of the jewels in the exhibition are the carriage of the Marqués de Cubas; two works by Goya: ‘El conde de Altamira’ and a portrait of Fernando VII; the mortuary mask of Napoleón Bonaparte and the trabuco of the Empecinado. Likewise, and as a curiosity, the last vile club that worked in Toledo can also be seen in the exhibition, together with a document that reflects that it was last used in 1813; fifteen period costumes (empire, jackets, jackets)…

This “extraordinary” exhibition has also been carried out with the collaboration of Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Catalonia, Castile and Leon, Castile-La Mancha, Extremadura, Madrid, Murcia, Navarre, Basque Country, La Rioja and Valencia, the 13 autonomous communities from which the pieces that will form part of the assembly will arrive.