The Spanish are enthusiastic collectors, but there are few as enthusiastic as the businessman and patron of the arts, José Lázaro Galdiano (1862–1947). His private collection of more than 13,000 items—bequeathed to the state on his death—fills his Italianate mansion in this refined part of Salamanca. It is astonishing in its breadth, including paintings, sculpture, archaeological artifacts, royal seals, Byzantine jewelry, and medieval armor. The Spanish masters were his main love, and he amassed an extraordinary portfolio including El Greco, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Murillo, and, above all, Goya, who is represented with several paintings, drawings, and prints. He also snapped up pieces by Dutch, Flemish, and English masters, the latter to indulge his wife’s taste for Reynolds, Gainsborough, and Constable. But the collection as a whole, its eclecticism and eccentricity, as well as the elegant surroundings of his home, make this museum so fascinating. Each room has a photograph showing how it was decorated and used in Lázaro’s day.
Museo Lázaro Galdiano
Calle de Serrano, 122
Our Rating Hours Tues–Sat 10am–4:30pm, Sun 10am–3pm Transportation
Metro: Rubén Darío. Bus: 7, 9, 14, 16, 19, 27, 40, 51, 145, or 150Phone 91-561-60-84 Prices Admission 7€ adults, 4€ students and seniors, free for kids under 12; afternoon guided visits 10€ (reservation required) Web site Museo Lázaro Galdiano
MapCalle de Serrano, 122 Madrid
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