Museo Cerralbo in Madrid
The project has involved intensive recovery and restoration of the ambiences, salons, decoration and collections of the Cerralbo mansion, returning them to the original appearance they had during the Marquis of Cerralbo’s lifetime, displaying the visitor its restored works of art. The Museo Cerralbo therefore reflects a way of life, practices and customs that visitors today find strange, those of the late 19th century and early 20th century high society.
It also recalls the figure of the Marquis of Cerralbo, a scholar, traveller, politician, collector, lover of fine art, patron of artists and benefactor who bequeathed his mansion and collections to the Spanish state for the enjoyment and education of the whole of society.
“The project is especially valued for allowing the public to appreciate the spirit of collecting in the Belle Epoque period when the house was built, and to appreciate its founder.”