PEDRO GOCIAL MUSEUM
From Monday to Saturday, from 09:00 to 17:30. Sundays from 09:00 to 13:00
+593 2 2952911
Cuenca 477 and Sucre (Convento de San Francisco)
Sitio web http://museofraypedrogocial.com
Take a peek at the talent of Quito’s historic sculptors, carvers and painters at this fine museum, part of the fabulous San Francisco religious complex.
The Flemish Jodoco Ricke arrived in Quito shortly after its foundation, and eventually presided the construction of San Francisco Church in the mid-1500s. His close friend, another Flemish priest, Friar Pedro Gosseal, a painter, would then create the San Andrés art school for native artisans within the premises of the new church… this school would be essential to the development of what we call today the Quito Baroque Art School (Escuela Quiteña).
Fray Pedro Gocial Museum, located to the right of the main church, is one of the best places to discover artwork by renowned sculptor Manuel Chili “Caspicara” and Bernardo de Legarda, two of Quito’s most talented and important Colonial artists. The museum, with its ample courtyards, amazing vestiges of Spanish America and the chance of visiting the mindblowing choir, is a definite must-visit.