Private Collections of
the 19th Century

Private Collections of the 19th Century
Fundación Lazaro Galdiano. Museo
And if we leave the “great museums” off to one side, and we delve even deeper and more intensely into history? Let’s take a closer look at the homes, now museums, of two great collectors that left their mark on Spain at the end of the 19th century; two very different characters through which we can discover the complex passion for collecting art.

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Fundación Lázaro Galdiano. Museo
Lázaro Galdiano Museum
Lawyer and financier, in addition to editor, passionate book lover and tireless art collector and dealer; José Lázaro Galdiano was one of the great minds that formed part of Madrid’s intellectual elite at the end of the century.

A relentless traveler, he collected the complete and marvelous trove of all different types of artwork that one can visit at the palace that he had built at the beginning of the twentieth century. From paintings by Bosch, El Greco, Velázquez, Goya and Murillo, to archeology, furniture, numismatics and ivory. This is a compulsive collection that calls out for order.

Cerralbo Museum
Designed to be more of a visitable gallery and party venue than an actual residence, the rich rooms of this small Madrid palace, commissioned at the end of the 19th century by Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, the 17th Marqués de Cerralbo, almost completely preserve their original aesthetics and decor, as well as the particular expositions and arrangements that this collector created by using his possessions.

Zurbarán, El Greco, Alonso Cano, Bronzino and Tintoretto are only some of the great masters whose works comprise the collection of this insatiable traveler and passionate archeologist.