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Lazaro Galdiano Museum
Dr. Jose Lazaro Galdiano lived from 1862 to 1947. He was an intellectual, financier, publisher and book lover. He accumulated more than 20,000 books. He also loved art and accumulated one of the best private art collections of Europe. His Spanish art collection was one of the largest and he regarded the collection as a search for clues to national identity. He got married to an Argentinian lady and built a mansion called the Palacio Parque Florido. He had no children and when he died he left his estate to the government. His house is now a museum, located on Calle Serrano near the American Embassy.
On the first floor are the jewels of Galdiano’s wife. Many of the jewels have huge diamonds and represent the culture at the start of the 20th century. Most of the jewels are very beautiful and artistic. The first floor also has hundreds of objects d’art, all beautiful and historic. The second and third floors have hundreds of paintings. The ceilings are painted with beautiful allegorical frescoes, and rooms have beautiful Venetian chandeliers. Among the Spanish painters represented are Goya, El Greco, and Velasquez. Every room has a theme, such as English painters, Italian painters, French painters, etc. The quality of the art that Jose Lazaro Galdiano accumulated is impressive because he had the most exquisite taste of his time.
Among the collections are those connected with archaeology, ceramics, porcelain, arms, jewelry, miniatures, sculpture, paintings, silver, crystal, watches, fans, furniture, and miniatures. If one had an unlimited amount of money, one would choose what is in this beautiful museum. The best thing is that few people visit this museum and one can visit it in peace and quiet, the better to enjoy looking at the beautiful objects. It is like visiting the mansion of a prominent person of the past with wonderful taste.
Metro: Núñez de Balboa or Avenida de América
Wednesday to Monday: 10 to 16:30 (Closed Tuesday)
Closed on: Jan. 1, Holy Thursday and Good Friday, May 1 and 2, Aug. 15, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 24, 25, 31.
The main museum building.
The gardens of the museum.
Zurbaran painted San Diego in 1653.
Alonso Sanchez Coello painted Ana de Austria in 1571.
Antonio da Padino created this stained glass window of St. Michael the Archangel in the 15th century.
Michelangelo Naccherino sculpted Christ at the Column in 1616.
The Adoration was painted by Jan Van Dornicke in the 16th century.
El Greco painted St. Francis of Assisi in 1580.
Luis Melendez painted Vicente de Osorio Moscoso Fernandez de Cordoba.