Picasso was born in Málaga in 1881 in a rented apartment at Plaza de la Merced, 15, and moved two doors down in 1883. He lived there until the family moved to A Coruña in 1891. Arguably the greatest painter of the 20th century, Picasso never really worked in Málaga, but the city was a profound influence. The Fundación Picasso preserves his birth home as a small museum, showing artifacts that range from baby Pablo’s umbilical band and christening dress to some paintings by his father, painter José Ruiz Blasco. Other exhibits flesh out the family and city influences, and explore Picasso’s insistence on his Spanish identity, especially as regards his love of bullfighting and flamenco. When you leave the Casa Natal, look for blue and white tile plaques around the Plaza de la Merced that indicate the second family home, the place where his father used to hang out with other artists, and the Iglesia Santiago where Pablo was baptized.
- Frommer's Staff