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September 12, 2019

Museo Cerralbo , Madrid of course!

And here we have a museum a bit away from the mainstream but worth the detour. I must said the last time here was way back probably in the 1990’s. However, as visited wanted my boys to see it too and continue the family tradition.

We came to the Museo Cerralbo is at Calle Ventura Rodriguez 17 right off the Plaza de España! yet on a small street Calle Ferraz. You can get here on the metro Ventura Rodríguez , line 3 or Plaza de España line 3 and 10, Príncipe Pío  lines 6 and 10 as well as Cercanais trains at Príncipe Pío, lines C1, C7 , and C10.

The Museo Cerralbo Museum is a Spanish national museum and it houses the old private collection of works of art, archaeological objects and other antiques gathered by Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, 17th Marquis de Cerralbo, who practiced politics, but, above all, is remembered for his role as historian and promoter of various archaeological excavations. The Cerralbo is considered an environment museum, that is, it presents the uniqueness of being one of the few 19C palaces of Madrid that still retains its original decoration.

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The marquis died in 1922 and, in his will, bequeathed the vast majority of his archeology pieces to the National Archaeological Museum and the National Museum of Natural Sciences, as well as the rest of his collection and the palace built between 1883 and 1893 to the State, which accepted the testamentary legacy. The building, opened as a museum in 1944.

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Inside, more than 50,000 objects are preserved, including antiques, sculptures, furniture, various decorative arts, drawings and prints or paintings, where great names such as El Greco, Zurbarán, Bronzino, Tintoretto or Van Dyck stand out. The garden, based on sketches by the Marquis himself, evokes the romantic English-style gardens. Nowadays, the decoration of the main floor is conserved almost completely which includes, among others, a sumptuous ballroom – while the most private rooms underwent successive changes due to use. They have finally been recovered with their original furniture and other antiques acquired recently.

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Above all the schools, the Spanish painting collection stands out, since of the pictorial ensemble that is preserved in the museum, almost half corresponds to works due to Spanish artists. The Immaculate of Francisco de Zurbarán, La Piedad de Alonso Cano, a copy of an original by Van Dyck, or Jacob with Laban’s herd from the workshop of José de Ribera whose original is preserved in the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escoria, as well as, from the Renaissance, a San Francisco in ecstasy of El Greco.

Within the foreign collections, Italian painting has a special role, with relevant examples ranging from the 16C to the 18C. They highlight a portrait of Alejandro de Médici, revealed as an original by Bronzino or La Resurección de Cristo (resurrection of Christ) , an unpublished piece, to date, of Corrado Giaquinto. One of the most valuable pieces in the collection is precisely the Portrait of a Gentleman from Tintoretto, acquired by the marquis, probably, back in 1884. The other European schools have a practically testimonial presence. However, works such as La Virgen con el Niño, (the Virgin and the Child) the work of the Genoese school by Anton van Dyck stand out and were revealed, after a restoration process, as the painter’s original in December 2017.

The Cerralbo Museum also has a valuable set of drawings, which includes outstanding examples of the Spanish, Italian, Flemish and French schools. This museum houses sculptures from Roman times, Greek ceramics, Meissen porcelains, European and Eastern weapons and armor, numismatics from Greco-Roman times, etc.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Ministry of Culture and Sports of Spain on the Museo Cerralbo

Tourist office of Madrid on the Museo Cerralbo

And voilà, you have another dandy monument to visit in Madrid. The city is awesome , always vibrant and plenty of architecture, history and the arts to keep you busy forever. Enjoy this Cerralbo Museum of Madrid

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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September 12, 2019

Teatro Real of Madrid!!

Of course coming to Madrid we have to seek the old stumping grounds of me and my mother, and the Royal theater is one of them. This is the Teatro Real near the Royal Palace at the Plaza de Oriente on the front and the Plaza de Isabel II (with the queen statue) on the back.

I have written before on it so for stay brief, here is that post of mine. My previous post on the Teatro Real of Madrid

I take this post for an update and new photos of 2019.

The Teatro Real or Royal Theater is one of the most important opera houses in Spain. It is located opposite the Royal Palace of Madrid The Royal Theater is inaugurated on November 19, 1850 with the representation of La Favorita of Donizetti. Reopened in 1966 as a venue for concerts and musical events, it hosts the Eurovision Song Contest 1969.

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Renovation work undertaken in the mid-1990s allowed it to return to it’s vocation as an opera house. Since 1997, the Royal Theater has regained its former glory and reputation for excellence in the 19C. The orchestra in the pit is the Symphony Orchestra of Madrid.

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The Royal Theater can be visited every day. It is served by the Opera metro station of lines 2 and 5 .

For reference, the official site of the theater here: Official Teatro Real in English

And there you credit is given to a wonderful monument of my beloved Madrid, the Teatro Real is a must at least once.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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