Travel tips for Madrid, Spain – part two
The blog post before this was about the main sites to see in Madrid. This post will cover two other interesting places to see that are off the beaten path.
My favorite location in Madrid is the Sorolla Museum and Gardens. If you are an art lover or a garden lover this is a must see!
In case you are unfamiliar with Sorolla and his work…
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida was a Spanish painter known mainly for painting landscapes and portraits. Sorolla was born in Valencia and studied painting on his own until going to Rome, Italy after serving in the Spanish army and studying painting at the Spanish Academy. Sorolla went on to have exhibitions, portrait commissions, and received awards for his work.
Sorolla’s paintings are full of light and warm colors. His portraits are graceful and inviting, portraits of well known individuals from Spanish Royalty to friends and family. He also painted many beach scenes, countless paintings of his family and his wife, and landscapes.
The Sorolla Museum in Madrid was his house and studio. The building is lovely with creaky wooden floors, high ceilings, and plenty of natural light. Paintings cover every inch the walls and the rooms have the original family furniture.
The largest room was Sorolla’s studio and in one corner there is an easel set up and a side table with old paint brushes and paint pallets – it feels as though Sorolla just stepped out of room. At the far right of the room there are small sketches framed and hanging on the wall that I always enjoy studying.
There is also a second floor with more portraits, some of them studies for larger murals. And then there is the dining room which is another favorite room of mine because of the painted border which Sorolla did himself. The dining room border consists of a garland with bunches of fruit being held by Sorolla’s wife and children.
Aside from the house and the studio there is the garden. The gardens at the Sorolla Museum are so tranquil and beautiful at any time of day and any time of year!
Another interesting site is the Royal Tapestry Museum and Factory. The Royal Tapestry factory was established in the 18th century and is still functioning today and also restores old tapestries. You can tour the factory and see the craftsmen at work; the tour requires a guide.
I think any trip to Madrid should include these two places!
1 – Click here for more information about Sorolla.