La Esperanza is one of Malagas oldest and most famous icons of Holy Week and her procession one of its most followed. The Brotherhood (Pontificia y Real Archicofradía) was founded around 1587 in the Convent of Saint Domingo. It has had its headquarters in the Bascilica of Dulce Nombre de Jesús Nazareno del Paso y Maria Santisima de la Esperanza since 1988, year of the coronation of the Virgin. Beside this temple lies the museum where every year the Virgins procession passes.
A master craftsman of religious art was responsible for this museum which takes up two floors with a surface area of 400m2. One of the most outstanding works is the fresco “La Pasion según San Juan” , or “the Passion according to St. John” a neo-cubist work by Rodriguez-Acosta.
Another is the monumental mural which covers the ceiling and tells the story of the Brotherhood in a popular and easily understood way, painted by Eugenio Chicano 2002.
The velvet canopy bordered by gold which covers the Virgin and Her velvet and gold gloves are especially striking. The visitor will also marvel at the processions standards and also the gold and silver of the Cross of the Nazareno del Paso, the crowns and other features of the procession such as maces and lights. The visit begins in the Basilica with an explanatory itinerary which will make sense of everything you will see.
Museo de la Archicofradía de la Esperanza
La Esperanza Museum
Address: Calle San Jacinto 3
Tel: 952 61 27 76 / 952614396
Prices: free admission
Category: Andalucia museums