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Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00H. Closed on Mondays. Visits are guided.
The Glass and Crystal Museum is the only museum of its kind in Andalusia and it opened on Sept. 1, 2009. The museum displays about 700 objects of glass and crystal, dating from Egyptian and Roman times to the present. The museum is located in a carefully restored 18th century palace in downtown Malaga, the palace having been built by an Italian family. Unlike other museums that seem sterile, this museum shows the glass and crystal objects in a home setting, with period furniture and decoration of that time. For example, if the glass objects come from the 19th century, the room will have a wood and glass cabinet where these objects are displayed. There will be chairs, sofas, paintings, mirrors, porcelain, lamps and carpets from the 19th century.
The bottom floor has many English stained glass windows with Pre-Raphaelite motifs, such as one made in 1880 by Albert Moore. The stairs going to the second floor have beautiful antique ceramic tiles decorating the stairs. The second floor has the rooms divided by the time periods of the glass and crystal displayed.
There are glass and crystal objects from every important and historic European manufacturer, such as Lalique, Webb, Wedgewood, Galle, Daum, and La Granja. This museum has some of their most beautiful samples, in every conceivable color. A visitor is overwhelmed by the beauty of these objects. The value of these antiques is astronomical.
The early 20th century room has a beautiful painting of a beautiful woman dressed in red. The painter was Henry Gervex, and the painting is called "El Vestido Rojo" (the red dress). This painting calls attention because the young woman portrayed is shown enjoying life. Another beautiful painting shows a beautiful blond woman standing with her son. The boy in the painting was the grandfather of the owner of the museum.
The owner of this private museum is Gonzalo Fernandez-Pietro, who came from Madrid and fell in love with Malaga and now lives permanently in Malaga. He is a very modest man who was educated in Cambridge and speaks English perfectly. The museum shows his very exquisite taste and his passion for collecting glass and crystal, as well as paintings and furniture. The museum really is also a decorative arts museum, with the best examples of period furniture. While this museum is quite large, it does not have enough space to display his whole collection of glass and crystal, which numbers about 3000 pieces. Malaga is very lucky to have this new and unique museum.
On June 18, 2010, the City of Malaga held its First Edition of the Premios Malaga at the Cine Albeniz to honor outstanding citizens of Malaga. Mayor Francisco de la Torre awarded the Culture Award to Gonzalo Fernandez-Prieto. Gonzalo is the first recipient of this award, for his work in opening the new Museum of Glass and Crystal.
This is the facade of the museum.
There are many stained glass windows from the Pre-Raphaelite period.
A portrait of the Marques de Cubas, as painted by the French artist Henri Gervex.
There is plenty of period furniture in the museum.
One of the period rooms.
This stained glass window was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made by the William Morris Co. Its title is "Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me". Edward Burne-Jones was a prominent Pre-Rapahelite artist in England and this window is the only one in Spain created by him.
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