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Museo Cerralbo


The Cerralbo Museum was home to the seventeenth Marquis of Cerralbo, Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, and his family who lived there from 1890 to 1927. The Marquis was a politician, collector, historian, and pioneer in Spanish archeology. During his travels, he purchased a great quantity of items from auction houses, antique dealers, and exhibitions. Visitors to the palace museum can view rooms from the nineteenth century that are beautifully equipped with a diverse range of works, including furniture, fine arts, numismatics, and archeological artifacts.

The collection of fine art is mostly concentrated on pieces from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, with notable works by Flemish artists from 1500 to 1700. A number of important figures from the Antwerp School are represented in it, including Paul Brill, Paul de Vos, Frans Snyders, Anton Van Dyck, Cornelis de Vos, and Cornelis Schut. There are also anonymous pieces that are close to David Teniers the Younger or Gerard Seghers, as well as replicas of paintings by Joos van Cleve. Also worth mentioning are works in the prints collection by Valentin Lefevre and Adrian Collaert.

Alicia Suárez Blanco, Curator, Museum Cerralbo (May 2024)