Small, flirtatious and intimate. The Sorolla Museum is one of our favorites in Madrid. Perhaps it is due to its small size or to being outside the "Gran Vía" of museums where they are colossus like theThyssen or theMeadow. The Sorolla Museum is not a conditioned place to have a museum, since this place was conceived as a workshop and family residence. This place and thanks to Joaquin Sorolla we not only have his exceptional paintings, but also the way of conceiving and creating art.
Sorolla Museum Workshop
A bit about Joaquin Sorolla
Possibly he is the most famous Valencian painter of all time and one of those responsible for carrying the spanish painting to places as remote as the United States. It was Madrid who gave him fame, where he established residence and where his museum is today, what was his home and the birthplace of many of his works.
For many, the most important of their assignments was the call Spain's vision, commissioned by the Hispanic Society of America, was the catapult towards success and its international projection. The fourteen murals he painted made him one of the most important painters of the twentieth century.
Our experience visiting the museum
Being from Madrid and living in the capital of Spain it was obligatory to take off that thorn stuck by not knowing one of the most important museums in the city. I had passed countless times through the door and had even seen the garden, but had never entered, so one day I dared to visit it.
More than a museum we can say that it is the old house of Joaquin Sorolla adapted for visitors but retaining most of the original furniture. It is strange to see a house of these characteristics next to the "new homes in Madrid", as they clash a little and at the same time cast a shadow over a museum that Sorolla would surely have detested to elaborate her works. Apart from this once inside, it highlights the silence and the space between his works, sometimes tiny due to the amount of work done by its author. You just have to go through two rooms to reach the epicenter of the house, Room III or the workshop where he made his works. A place of inspiration, a place with magic. Joaquin Sorolla asked the builder for a lot of lighting And a great skylight for this place. The artificial lighting of the time is not what we can find today and the construction of the house gives good faith of it. This space reflects what the artist was, with his office where he attended his visits and several of his great works chaired by his wife Clotilde Garcia. This place is by far the best space in the Sorolla Museum.
Shortly after, the stairs to the dining room appear or if you ascend through them, at Temporary exhibitions. In which I could see, there were exposed photographs of the painter at the time he was doing his great works. It is curious to see the final work next to the moment that painted them there in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.
In short it is not a large museum, it can be seen quietly in less than 2h and even less, it all depends on what you want to soak up your story.
What to see in the Sorolla Museum
The Andalusian-inspired patio and the garden
Before arriving at the reception, you will cross a beautiful courtyard where water and fountains predominate, a small Eden's garden where the painter enjoyed his family.
The mother portrait
Commemorates the birth of the best daughter of Joaquin Sorolla. This picture is capable of conveying emotions.
Sorolla Museum - Mother
Joaquin Sorolla's workshop
It is the center of the museum, the pillar would say me. It is one of the best preserved in Europe and the place where the genius was inspired.
Sorolla Museum Workshop
It is one of the best preserved spaces, almost intact we could say. Of him, the portraits of his wife and daughters stand out, along with laurel wreaths. It is right at the end of the visit.
On the last floor of the museum, there are three rooms where temporary exhibitions on the life of Joaquin Sorolla are exhibited. You can see photographs about his life and even, moments in which the painter painted some of his great works.
Schedule and prices of the Sorolla Museum
- Price of admission: 3€
- Free entrance Saturdays from 2pm and Sundays
- Tuesday to Saturday: from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday and holidays: from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Closed: every Monday of the year, January 1, May 1, December 24, 25 and 31, and two local holidays
Eye with the School groups They go from Monday to Friday in the morning. Worth going in the afternoon or late
How to get to the museum
The museum is located at General Martínez Campos Street, 37. You can go in Subway getting off at Iglesia (Line 1), Rubén Darío (Line 5) or Gregorio Marañón (Lines 7 and 10).
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