With its gorgeous terrazzo floors, grand marble staircase, high ceilings, and beautifully proportioned rooms, Casa Garriga Nogués runs the risk of overshadowing the art it contains. It was designed by Enric Sagnier and built between 1899 and 1905 and has been impeccably restored. The museum showcases the art collected by entrepreneur and race car driver Francisco Godia Sales (1921–90). He was particularly close to a number of Catalan painters, and collected major canvases by Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas, among others. But his heart belonged to the past. The best works in the museum draw from the seemingly inexhaustible well of Catalan Gothic polychrome sculpture.
- Frommer's Staff