The Ducal House of Medinaceli Foundation, approved by a ministerial order of 20 October 1980, is a private cultural institution established on the initiative of Her Grace Victoria Eugenia Fernandez de Córdoba and Fernandez de Henestrosa, the Duchess of Medinaceli, with the aim of conserving, Restoring, reintegrating, studying, promoting and disseminating the historic assets, both tangible (immovable, movable and documentary) and intangible (traditions, cults, rituals.), That have come to be linked to the House over time. Initially endowed with the founder ' S historical heritage-which was donated at the time of its establishment-throughout its twenty-five years of existence it has grown both through the acquisition of property with historical ties to the House of Medinaceli and through mergers with other foundations of which the Ducal House held the trusteeship. The Foundation currently manages historic and artistic property scattered across nearly all of the Spanish regions, and we invite you to discover its wealth through this website. The Casa Ducal de Medinaceli Foundation allocates all its income, whose substantial part comes from the entrance to the monuments open to the public visit, to the achievement of its objectives that could be summarized in the conservation, research and dissemination of the historical heritage linked to the House of Medinaceli and its aggregates. As in all foundations, the highest governing and representative body responsible for the management and use of the Foundation's assets is the Board of Trustees. The day-to-day running is performed by the chairman of the board, aided by a general manager and small management team. Every year the Foundation publishes an activity report describing the projects carried out during the financial year in question. Despite the limitations of a report covering only one year-too short a period for projects involving the conservation of historic heritage-this annual report gives a good idea of who we are and what we do. It can be downloaded in PDF format.
" Immense ocean of grandees ", to use a Baroque expression of the 17th-century chronicler Ortiz de Zúñiga, or "extremely vast holding" according to a modern-day translation by the historian Antonio Domínguez Ortiz. The royal origin of the House of Medinaceli was conducive to its matrimonial alliances with important families belonging to the high nobility, giving rise to an extraordinary accumulation of estates, land, titles, offices, ranks and a sizeable historic and artistic heritage. The process whereby lineages and estates were incorporated over the centuries can be traced chronologically in this section. his section does not aim to offer a complete history of this ducal House, as only some of the main branches are known and a good part remains to be gleaned. Rather, it sets out to provide research scholars or those who are merely interested in the powerful search engine for accessing information on individuals, houses, titles, seigneurships, ranks and offices, in order to satisfy the curiosity of history. Researchers through the documentation housed in the Medinaceli archives.
The Ducal Archive of Medinaceli is one of the most significant examples of historical continuity in the preservation of documentary heritage. It will soon be a thousand years of the instruction given by Count Ponç I of Ampurias to form a documentary deposit in his fortress of Quermançó in order to preserve and protect his documents. During this millennial or more than millennial history, if one takes into account that its funds start in the Carolingian Catalonia, the archive has been formed by the successive aggregation of Houses and States, a process that can be followed in the section entitled Aggregation . The incorporation of new files into a House did not mean the merger between them, but each retained its original organic structure. However, The administrative restructuring that took place in the eighteenth century generated, in addition to administrative funds organized by territorial units that transcend the state, four large archival units with a certain internal homogeneity: the Archives of the Dukes of Segorbe and Cardona; That of the Dukes of Medinaceli; The one of the Dukes of Santisteban of the Port and the one of the Marquises of Camarasa.
"Jesus of Medinaceli, Captive and Rescued History and Devotional Geography" This book brings together various articles on the birth of this iconography of Jesus of Medinaceli as Captive and Rescued during the Baroque and the history of the dissemination of devotion to it, as well as a detailed catalog, geographically organized, of the images existing throughout The Spanish geography and the brotherhoods and cofradías constituted to render them cult.
Antonio Sáncho Corbacho: "La Cerámica Andaluza" "But the most numerous and rich collection of tiles is undoubtedly the one that adorns the palace house of the Dukes of Medinaceli [...] you can be sure that the House of Pilate is the richest museum, the most magnificent collection that exists For their incalculable number, for the diversity of drawings, and for the artistic and meticulous combination with which they are presented