One of the best presents you can give an art fan is the opportunity to enjoy a painter's work in his or her own space (like the Museo Sorolla de Madrid). It is a really touching experience to go inside the artist's residence and look out at the grounds he so meticulously maintained.
Despite being from Valencia, he relocated to Madrid, which allows us to see his home today, which still has his original furnishings and personal belongings. Most of its original ornamentation is still present, making it a delight to stroll through its corridors while admiring the artist's collection.
Visitors can view a wide variety of the artist's works scattered throughout the different rooms at the Sorolla House Museum. Portraits of the Sorolla family are on display in this room, which has been preserved in its entirety, down to the sofa still sporting its original upholstery. Room III, the maestro's workshop where visitors may still see his paintbrushes and other utensils, is even more fascinating. Well-known pieces like Paseo an orillas del mar [Walk Along the Seashore] may be found here. Amazing lighting fills the space, and one can almost picture Sorolla working here.
Sorolla took great pride in the garden; he created it himself and was tireless in his search for a location where he could build one. The garden is divided into three sections: the first, with its marble fountain, was modeled after Seville's Jardin de Troya; the second, after Granada's Generalife; and the third, with a pergola where the family once sat.
Once inside the museum, the tour continues through Rooms I, II, and III, formerly the painters' studios. As they were during Sorolla's lifetime, the walls are painted red. Currently, several representative canvases that serve as an introduction to the other rooms are on display in this room.
Visit the Andalusian patio, which includes pottery on the walls and tiled plinths, as well as the living room, which Sorolla adorned with portraits, a few sculptures, and a Tiffany lamp he bought in New York. The dining room has a Tiffany light and a skirting painted by the artist himself, while the room off the dining room has a Talavera tile skirting.
Even though the Museo Sorolla is currently managed by the Department of Education, Culture, and Sport and is governed by its rules, the Foundation continues to be involved through planning programs and events, funding traveling exhibits and supporting research. Please pay close attention to the calendar of temporary exhibits since these offer a chance to learn more about the painter and his effect on other current artists and get insight into certain areas of Sorolla's work.
The Madrid museum trail offers four other centers similarly located in houses or mansions; these include the Museo del Romanticismo, the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, the Museo Cerralbo, and the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas. The Museo del Prado, the Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza, the Museo Reina Sofa, and the CaixaForum Madrid are unavoidably included in every cultural excursion.
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