The Dama stays in Madrid

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The Dama stays in Madrid
IBERIAN TREASURE: Sculpture discovered in Elche in 1897 Photo credit: Vizu

THE return of the Dama de Elche to the city where the Iberian sculpture was found is unlikely.

“There is no decision, intention, budget allocation or future plan that could diminish the role of  national museums or affect the integrity of their collections,” declared Ministry sources quoted in the local Spanish press.

The unequivocal statement followed the controversial resignation last week of the Ministry’s Fine Arts director general, Lola Jimenez-Blanco.

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This was attributed at the time to her point-blank refusal to reconsider moving the Dama and other archaeological treasures back to the regions where they were discovered.

There was no connection with Jimenez-Blanco’s departure from the Ministry, insisted the same sources ,who maintained that she wished to return to Madrid’s Complutense University where she lectures in History of Art.

The Dama de Elche, dating from the Fifth or Fourth century BC left La Alcudia (Elche) almost soon after it was discovered by chance in 1897.


Although the bust returned briefly for the inauguration of Elche’s Archaeological Museum and despite the city’s repeated requests, the Ministry’s recent statements suggest that the Dama will remain in Madrid for the foreseeable future.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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