The scope of this museum is impressive. Its earliest piece, the stone carving called the “Mapa de Aboutz,” dates from roughly 12,000 years ago, when only spotty areas of Navarra were glacier-free. It is, as the name suggests, a map of the landscape leading from the cave where it was found to the spot where hunters would find a herd of goats. Marvelous stone carvings from the 2nd century a.d. indicate the assimilation of Roman art in the area. One of the most beautiful examples shows Bacchus returning in triumph from India. The hits keep coming over the centuries, with splendid examples of Muslim carving from Córdoba, dignified Gothic religious paintings, and the obligatory Goya—in this case, an excellent portrait of the Marqués de San Adrián painted in 1804.
- Frommer's Staff