Did you ever want to know how an artist lived? Not a poor one in a cold apartment with no money to buy paint. A successful one that will have his name remembered long after his death. I present you here the garden of his house. Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was a Spanish painter and graphic artist who lived from 1889 on with his family in Madrid. Now it is a museum showing many of his most impressive works. Besides that you can wander through the rooms and see the furniture, the layout of the house, and imagine how the people lived 100 years ago. Of course they weren’t really poor. But the fact that he was successful and an artist makes visiting his former home an unforgettable experience.
I have been twice by now and liked it both times. Seeing the paintings, discovering the used paint and paintbrushes between other things lying around on the furniture and walking up the stairs to enjoy the space his family lived in long ago. Every room seems to have something unique and beautiful and the whole house appears as if the family just left for a walk while the visitors use this absence to peak into their home and admire the beauty.
Even though it is called a museum I would refer to it as a journey back in time that opens your horizon.
After you walked through the house you can relax in the garden where they have chairs for visitors. Enjoy the peace and look around the beautiful arrangements of flowers and plants and the small figures that decorate the columns.
Museum Sorolla can be easily reached when taking bus line 5 from Sol or Chamartín or by Metro getting out at Iglesia.
Museum Sorolla Madrid
PASEO GENERAL MARTÍNEZ CAMPOS 37
Telephone: +34 91 310 15 84
Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 20:00 h. without break
Sunday and Holidays: from 10:00 to 15:00 h.
Closed: all Mondays of the year, 1st of January, 1st of May, 24th, 25th and 31st of December and local Holidays.