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The Lázaro Galdiano Museum


One of those visits that are obligatorily imposed in Madrid, since most of the gathered pieces deserves the displacement by themselves: Limoges's enamels, medieval ivories, Cellini's jewels, the portrait of Góngora by Velázquez, several paintings by Goya and The Greek, a Leonardo da Vinci...

The museum is located in the Florid Park house-palace. It is a work by Fernando Chueca Goitia who lifted it in 1903, being inspired by Italian renaissance constructions. He was also the person in charge of the reformation when it was donated to the Spanish State in 1954. The name is due to the last name of José Lázaro Galdiano's wife, Paula Florida.

The visit:

- Ground Floor -

Room I - Several decorated cabinets and a small table where some magazines, books and memories are exposed.

Room II - Everything is dedicated to the enamels and ivories. Limoges's Italian enamel - 12th and 13th centuries - and wonderful ivories with court scenes and sacred inspiration. Also, some glasses and caskets. In the cabinet of the right, as someone goes into the room, an excellent Limoges's glasses collection, with the "Diana from Poitiers" glass.

Room III - Religious objects from the 15th and 16th centuries. Reliquaries, abbot's staffs, chalices and embossed trays.

Room IV - Several cabinets with jewels from different times. The ancients: Phoenician rings, Roman enamels, Greek necklaces, Celtic jewels. Medievals: Gothic brooches and jewelers, Renaissance jewels, bishop's stamp, the duke from Alba of Caradoso's necklace, the Rodolfo II emperor's great glass. At the end of the 16th century: Byzantine gems, enamel with saints, ivories, jar and plate from Sajonia, Spanish and french baroque jewels.

Room V - Italian bronzes from the Renaissance, among them a "Baco" by Sansovino, a "Mercury" by Juan from Bologna, reliefs by Pollaiuolo and a seat of the Medici.

Room VI - On the right, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Several seats, a florentine nuptial large chest from the 16th century, Italian medals and badges.

Room VII - On the left, Celtic and Iberian brooches, Roman and Visigothic bronzes, french brooches and burgundies from the 13th to the 15th centuries, an Egyptian glass, Muslim ivory pots. In the cabinet of the Italian renaissance bronzes: a Charles V's bust and the Pompeo Leoni's gospels.

- First Floor -

Room VIII - Spanish caskets from the 16th century. Flemish paintings. Two paintings by Lucas Cranach. The Bosco and Quentyn Metsys's schools paintings. The "Diptych" by Martin Vos and a cabinet with ceramic objects.

Room IX - Paintings belonging to the Castilian schools. Paintings by Perea and the Teacher from Burgo of Osma. Very curious wooden bench coming from Cuenca with children playing with bunches of grapes.

Room X - More paintings belonging to the Castilian schools. An "Asunción" by Claudio Coello, reliquaries and a cabinet table with all kinds of keys.

Room XI - Reliquaries, some writers' busts and altars belonging to the 16th century. Among the paintings, a "St Anthony" by the Andalusian school and a "Baptism" by Pedro of Campaña.

Room XII - Paintings by Goya. A portrait of Wellington belonging to the English school; the "St Anthony" by Alenza; a portrait and a landscape by Gainsborough; another portrait by Reynolds; the "Landscape" by Eugenio Lucas; the "Fall in the Calvary" by Tiépolo. In a cabinet several Byzantine caskets from the 9th and 10th centuries .

Room XIII - The "Portrait of Gertrudis Gómez of Avellaneda" carried out by Francisco Madrazo; more portraits by Vicente López; two portraits by Zacarías Velázquez, one of them of his daughter. The clock in the room was given by Napoleón to Charles IV.

Room XIV - Several still lives of small format; the painting "Announcement" by Alonso of the Arco.

Room XV - Several armors in a glazed room, next to the garden.

Room XVI - Paintings by Murillo. In the cabinet, objects of rock glass belonging to the 15th and 16th centuries. Two decorated cabinets.

Room XVII - Portraits by Carreño from Miranda, Antonio Moro, Sánchez Coello and Pantoja. In the cabinet, German glasses from the 16th century.

- Second Floor -

Room XVIII - Religious paintings from the 15th century, the "Triptych" by the Teacher from Avila and paintings by the Castilian and Sevillian schools.

Room XIX - A "Self-portrait" by Berruguete; several works by the Masters from Astorga and Cabanyes.

Room XX - Flemish paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries. Two paintings by The Bosco. A small "Virgin" by Alberto Durero; a "Triptych" by Quentin Metsys and several works by Rembrandt and by the schools of Memling and Van Eyck.

Room XXI - Landscapes, still lives and portraits from the 17th century.

Room XXII - Two very beautiful decorated cabinets, one of them with landscapes and the another one with mythological scenes. Paintings by Teniers, Van Ostade, Luis Volders.

Room XXIII - Several works by the Spanish painters from the 17th century. The "Portrait of Góngora" by Velázquez more other portrait of a woman in a small format, also by Velázquez.; several paintings by The Greek and two art works by Zurbarán.

Room XXIV - More art works by Spanish artists: Ribera, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Mateo Cerezo, Carreño.

Room XXV - Dedicated to the portraits and English artists' landscapes: Lawrence, Gilbert Stuart, Constable, Gainsborough, Peter Lely, Ronney and Bonnington.

Room XXVI - Several cabinets with portraits in miniature and drops. Among them, Agustina from Aragon and Isabel II.

Room XXVII - Italian artists: J.B.Tiépolo, Francisco Guardi, Giussepe Zais and Alessandro Magnasco. Also, there is a decorated cabinet and rococo seats.

Room XXVIII - An allegory by Willeborts, the "Portrait of Charles III" by Anton Rafael Mengs; two portraits of old men and another one of a lady by J.B.Tiépolo; a "San Lorenzo from Cavallino" and "Portrait of Gabriela from Saboya" by Meléndez.

Room XXIX - The passage around the central patio. Diverse portraits belonging to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Room XXX - The art work by Francisco of Goya makes that anyone forgets the rest: small format paintings with witchcraft scenes, witches' Sabbath, the Inquisition and several portraits. Also paintings by Maella and Agustín Esteve. In the center, a table cabinet with a wonderful collection of pocket clocks.

- Third Floor -

It is completely dedicated to the fabrics and embroideries, chasubles, currencies and medals, several cabinets, swords, etc.

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