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Museo Lazaro Galdiano, Madrid

Museo Lazaro Galdiano, Madrid

The Museo Lazaro Galdiano (Lazaro Galdiano Museum) is a relatively small museum that houses an enormous art collection gathered over the lifetime by Don José Lázaro Galdiano (1862–1947), a businessman and passionate patron of the arts, together with his Argentinian wife, Paula Florido. The collection is located in their four-storey mansion built in 1903.

Apart from the museum, the palatial, Italianate stone building holds a library containing Galdiano's collection of incunabula and manuscripts. The imposing property has retained much of its original interiors, featuring elaborate Baroque-style painted ceilings commissioned by Galdiano himself, themed according to the original activity once carried out therein. Most rooms also contain photo images showing what it looked like back in the day, when Galdiano still lived here. In 1962, the building was declared Bien de Interés Cultural (an object of cultural heritage).

Galdiano, who died in 1947, bequeathed the house and the entire collection, featuring nearly 13,000 pieces of art, 20,000 books and manuscripts, to the city. A good quarter of it are now on display, spread over the ground and two upper stories, featuring works from the prehistoric period to the nineteenth century. The key focus is on Iberian, mainly Spanish masters, such as El Greco, Goya, Madrazo, Velazquez, Murillo and Zurbaran, plus there are some works by foreigners as well, including Reynolds, Bosch, Constable, etc. A true jewel of the collection is the superb "Young Christ" painting by Boltraffio, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci. The paintings are interspersed with a great number of statues, ancient books and jewelry, among which are the pieces specifically acquired for the collection and Paula Florido's personal items.

On the second floor there is a collection of miniatures, whilst the top floor is given to an array of carved ivory, textiles, armor and weaponry, coins, ceramics, bronze and silver (both ecclesiastical and domestic), church relics, and more. While the Renaissance is especially well represented, the collection also features early medieval objects, including Visigothic, and those crafted by Iberia's ancient Celtic culture, too.

Inside the building there is a beautiful old metal lift, with a settee in it, still operational.

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Sight Name: Museo Lazaro Galdiano
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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