Ca n'Oliver - Centre of Art & History Hernández Sanz

Ca n'Oliver

Ca n'Oliver (or Oliver Palace) was inaugurated in late March of 2015, giving new life to the 19th century building that belonged to a family that comes from a long line of entrepreneurship harboured in a higher society. This now iconic museum slash palace is part of the artistic background of the Consell Insular of Menorca (Minorca) with works of art by the Hernandez Sanz - Hernández Mora collection. Expect to see lively works from the likes of Francesc Hernández Sanz and his son, both intellectuals and artists heavily involved in the history and culture of Menorca. The reviving spirit of this former palace from the eighteenth century is serenaded across the walls and ceilings, with collections from the time around the British legacy of the island. 

Much gratitude and appreciation from the city has been given to the families: Hernández Sanz, Hérnandez Mora, Victory and Quintana Segui for establishing this well profound project in Mahón's city centre. The building has a high artistic and heritage value, given that its construction responds to a historical moment very prominent in Menorca. The merchant Llorenç Oliver, promoter of housing, ordered its construction and decoration, especially the frescoes decorating ceilings and walls made by Giuseppe and Stefano Patania Cotaerdi. In addition, the rehabilitation works have uncovered several deposits and a large cistern, originally used for storing goods which Oliver marketed at the time.

We had the privilege to see the temporary exhibition 'De Chiesa a Ramon Cavaller', which is a tribute to the costumbrist (Romanticism) paintings of Menorca in the 18th century. The precursor to this form of art in Menorca was Giuseppe Chiesa. Many artists years later have been easily inspired by his mastery, such is the case of artist Ramon Cavaller. 

We were in awe by this new plot, covering a height of three floors and porches, and is topped by a watchtower overlooking the entrance to the port of Mahón. Curiously, it had a place used to keep cattle. Ca n'Oliver is a necessary visit to learn more about the shaping of Mahón and the island as a whole, as well as being a learning hub for the root of the Menorquin language and the history of the locals. 

Ca n'Oliver | Centre of Art & History by Hernández Sanz | Tues, Wed & Sun open 10:00am - 1:30pm / Thurs, Friday & Sat open 10:00am - 1:30pm and 6pm - 8pm / Mondays closed | Carrer d'Anuncivay nº 2, 07702 Maó / Mahón, Menorca (Minorca) Balearic Island, Spain | +34 971 35 05 97 / +34 971 35 65 23 | arxiu@ajmao.org | 

In the Ca n'Oliver museum, you can see impressive works of watercolors, drawings, paintings, prints and maps.

In the Ca n'Oliver museum, you can see impressive works of watercolors, drawings, paintings, prints and maps.

'De Chiesa a Ramon Cavaller' temporary exhibition.

'De Chiesa a Ramon Cavaller' temporary exhibition.

'De Chiesa a Ramon Cavaller' temporary exhibition. You can see the descriptive ways of living of the people in Menorca historically. 

'De Chiesa a Ramon Cavaller' temporary exhibition. You can see the descriptive ways of living of the people in Menorca historically. 

One of the dozens of frescoes in a room's ceiling. 

One of the dozens of frescoes in a room's ceiling.