Goya at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum

Goya

 

The Spanish Master Francisco de Goya is well featured at the Prado Museum but some of his most interesting works can be admired at the cozy Lázaro Galdiano Museum in the Salamanca district of Madrid. Goya, as it is well known, captured fiercely the essence of Spanish society of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Those were not easy times for the Spanish intelligentsia. Widespread superstition among the common people, corrupt and inefficient government, poverty and gross inequalities characterized Spain during Goya’s lifetime. Add to this the invasion of the French which brought bloodbaths and merciless massacres through the Spanish territory. Goya portrayed all this. At the Lázaro Galdiano Museum the visitor can enjoy a glimpse of the Spanish master expressive artistry. There are also works by other Universal masters like Velázquez, Ribera, Zurbarán and Bosch among others. José Lázaro Galdiano was an art collector and one of the wealthiest Spanish businessmen in the first part of the 20th century. His house in the fashionable Serrano St. in Madrid, built in neo-Renaissance style, was turned into the elegant museum that hosts one of the most interesting individual art collections that can be enjoyed in Madrid.

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