Fiesta en un palacio barroco. Francesco Battaglioli.In the 17th and 18th centuries, the people of Madrid were the most brilliant from a cultural standpoint. The arts were excelling, thanks to the great painter Velázquez, among others, and writing took off in all literary genres: fiction, poetry, and above all, theater, which documented the fragile nature of life that paintings reflected in the Vanitas, feelings that were also visible in religious architecture. Giant altars, extravagant decorations, colossal domes and emotional images set the perfect scene for religious retreat and spirituality.
A journey through Baroque Madrid, its streets, monuments and, above all, its churches, provide an up-close look at Spain’s fascinating Golden Age.