The exhibition marks thirty years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Spain. The exhibition features ten oil paintings – including The Parasol, Flight of Witches, and The Straw Manikin – from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, on view for the first time in Israel. Five of the works were made as preparatory paintings for a series of tapestries that adorned the palace of Goya’s benefactor, the future King Charles IV of Spain. Also on display are Goya’s bold series of etchings created at various stages of his artistic life, such as Los Caprichos, Los Destastres de la Guerra, and Tauromaquia.
The focus of this exhibition is a 2,200-year-old Egyptian mummy displayed in its original coffin, alongside objects from various tombs typically used in Egyptian funerary rites until the rise of Christianity in Egypt in the fourth century CE. The mummy, the only one in Israel, was given to the Jerusalem Pontifical Biblical Institute in around 1930 in honor of its inauguration by the Jesuits in Alexandria (hence the mummy’s nickname “Alex”). It arrived in Jerusalem in an anthropoid coffin decorated with images of gods and inscriptions identifying Alex as a high-ranking priest from the Egyptian city of Akhmim.