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We love it when a “renovation” of a museum takes a fresh look at the collection. This institution set in the 1776 palace of the Marquis and Marchionessa of Matallana used to be the Museo Romántico. It was created by Marquis de Vega-Inclán to house his immense collection of “typical” folk art, porcelain representations of Spanish “types,” and visual art from the early 19th century, much of it by the prolific Anonimo. The renovation exorcised the Marquis’ ghost by now focusing on upper middle class lifestyle during the reign of Isabel II (1830–68). Spanish Isabelline has a lot in common with British Victorian, despite the very different personalities of the monarchs.