The Cerralbo Museum in Madrid

It was a museum Sunday. While visiting Madrid in January, E and I toured the Museo Sorolla and the Museo Cerralbo on the same day – with a break for tapas in between. In addition to collections of art, the small museums offered a glimpse into turn-of-the-20th-century Spain from the artistic and aristocratic viewpoint.

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, the orphaned painter from Valencia, built a home in Madrid influenced by his travels that was meant to nourish creativity.

Living in Madrid at about the same time was Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo. An aristocrat, politician, art collector and archaeologist,  de Aguilera built a mega mansion – or miniature palace –between 1883 and 1893 to display art he had collected during his extensive travels as well as archaeological finds and family heirlooms. (Read more)