In Madrid, the exhibition included a group of 78 highly important works lent from various museums, institutions and private collections from all over the world, many of which had never before been loaned to an exhibition. The main novelty was the presentation of an extraordinary set of works from his Cretan years, the most unknown period for the Spanish public. The hanging arrangement was organised according to an order which combined a chronological itinerary with the thematic grouping of the works; some of the most important and largest paintings were placed in the Museum’s central hall, including one of his most emblematic works, The Martyrdom of St Maurice, left its habitual home at El Escorial for the first time.