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Now offering art workshops for aspiring adult painters, this enchanting house and studio was built between 1910 and 1911 by Joachín Sorolla (1863–1923). The museum is technically on the wrong side of Paseo de la Castellana to be in Salamanca, but the haute bourgeois sensibility is a perfect fit. The house offers a window into the comfortable world of the successful painter, who masterfully balanced his work and his domestic life. The home includes three studios with access to the Andalucían-style garden, as well as large living and dining areas on the main floor, maintained as the family used them. There are also four bedrooms on the second floor, now used as galleries. It’s easy to imagine Sorolla at work at one of the unfinished paintings on the easels. The galleries display the range of his work from portraits and folkloric paintings to seascapes. But perhaps most telling is the angelic mural of his wife, Clotilde García del Costillo, and children on the dining room ceiling. It was Clotilde who decided to turn the property into a museum as a memorial to her husband. Most visitors fantasize about moving right in.