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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Museo Lázaro Galdiano - Leandro Navarro's art collection

The choice of renown museums in Madrid is well known (Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Bornemisza) but we cannot forget smaller possibilities as interesting as the big ones an much easier to visit. One of those places is a lovely building, former residence of Mr Lázaro Galdiano in Serrano Street the Lázaro Galdiano Museum. A very recommendable visit to make while shopping in the area and after or before some tapas at Jose Luis Bar or Hevia Bar.

Handsome Mr. Galdiano
The Museum reflects the taste of art collectors at the beginning of the 20th century. The building is magnificent with astonishing ceiling paintings by Spanish painter Genaro Villaamil and boiseries. It gathers a very complete collection of religious and landscape Spanish paintings and important Italian, Flemish, French and German pieces of 13th to 19th century. You can also find armors, china, jewelry, sculptures, furniture and other artistic objects that were appreciated by Mr. Lazaro Galdiano.

Magdalena by Goya at Museo Lázaro Galdiano
After visiting the museum, I was curious about Mr Lázaro Galdiano himself, and thought that it was a pity his private rooms were not shown to the public. I also tried to imagine what kind of modern art he would have liked if living today. The answer might be the current exhibition of art collection belonging to Leandro Navarro that is being shown there from 18th October to 7 January.

So, go and enjoy both collections!

Serrano 122
28002 Madrid
Tel: +34 915616083

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