Verging on being my favorite place on earth, this museum is a true gem.
You might not know the artist JoaquínSorolla, but you’ve probably seen his paintings in a museum or two. He did his thing back in the late 1800s and developed a gentle realistic touch in his paintings of his family and friends. Sorolla is one of the many who has fallen under the beautiful spell of the Alhambra in Granada. While constructing his house (which is now the museum), he put in various reminders of the Alhambra, down to designing the garden with a mini version of one of the main fountains.
The house itself is set up to display not only his artwork, but also the artwork of his friends and the decor which he either designed or painted. Of note is the dining room decor which features painted angelic versions of his wife and children floating on clouds. His studio is the central focus of the house with a high ceiling and light from almost all sides – it’s easy to see how he was so inspired to paint.
The museum is a little off the beaten track of Madrid’s museums, but it’s walking distance from the Fundación Lázaro Galdiano (see the Fundación Lázaro Galdiano article).
P.S. Entrance is free on Saturday from 14:00 – 20:00 and all day Sunday.