This is a mansion belonging to a 19th Century Spanish aristocrat. Apparently, Spaniards of that status went for exceptionally heavy, dark and ugly furniture and decorations. Everything is over-the-top in an overdone, gaudy way. The art in the building is infinitely inferior to that in the Galdiano Museum, which I highly recommend.
What I did find of interest was the intense, overbearing manner of the staff. Several times, I was ordered to look at the rooms on the second floor in a certain order--I couldn't look at the second room first, even though there was a large group of students in the first room listening to a lecture. Another guard ordered me to put on my jacket, rather than carrying it over my arm. He said I might hit and damage something with it. I thought it was funny since I've been in large and small museums all over the world and never ran into anything like these people.
I visited all the major museums in Madrid and several of the small ones, and this was my least favorite.
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