The Museo Cerrablo is one of the «cinco museos» de Madrid, together with:
- Museo Lazaro Galdiano
- Museo National des Artes Decorativas
- Museo del Romanticismo
- Museo Sorolla.
The owner of this Museo-casa, Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa (1845-1922), XVII marquess od Cerralbo, was an aristocratic active member of the carlista party. He conceived this Museo-casa from the beginning with the purpose of collecting all his works of art and transform it as a Museum.
The position is incredible, right behind Plaza de Espana and a few minutes walk from Templo De Debod. Like all the other «cinco museos» it is free and Sunday and Thursday night, but the full ticket is just 3€.
The richness of the details and more than the paintings, I don’t know why I was so impress by the curtains, I mean is some of the rooms there were curtains made with tapestry similar to the Italians «arazzi».
There is not that creativity atmosphere that Casa Sorolla, a painter’s house can give, with all his instruments left aside. In Casa Cerralbo it’s all about opulence, from the main entrance with the huge gold chandelier, to every single room. I would say that it is clear that this house belong to a man with a political role, because of all the armour the the army, and the portraits in uniform.
I really suggest to visit this place, it’s really increbidle.
More information here: Museo Cerralbo.