An oil painting called “Ayuntamiento viejo de Granada”, (The Old Town Hall of Granada), which was taken from Granada by artist Mariano Fortuny to Rome 130 years ago so he could finish it, has finally returned to the city from which it takes its name. The Junta de Andalucía purchased the picture at an auction in New York in October, and art lovers can now see it on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, in the Palacio de Carlos 5. The purchase and costs of bringing the painting back to Granada have cost the Junta’s Department of Culture almost 400,000 euros, but the Councillor for Culture, Carmen Calvo, says the Junta has spent a long time trying to obtain a work by Fortuny, who is one of the most important 19th century Spanish artists. Fortuny lived in Granada between 1870 and 1872, and his studio was an important meeting point for other artists such as Raimundo de Madrazo, Martín Rico, Simonetti and Leoncio Talavera.
PAINTING RETURNED TO GRANADA AFTER 130 YEARS