A fascinating insight into the Romantic Movement
The museum is housed in the grand 18th-century house that belonged to the Marquis of Vega-Inclan (1845-1942), an eccentric aristocrat who came up with the idea of recreating El Greco's house in Toledo, the Santa Cruz quarter in Seville and also the concept of Parador hotels. He collected all sorts of things as well as art, and was a leading light of the Romantic movement, when artists and writers began to explore free expression in their work. Walking around the museum, you get a real insight into this lively period in Spanish history.
Highlights include paintings by Goya and 19th-century artists including Leonardo Alenza, Valeriano Becquer and the Madrazo brothers. One room is devoted to the satirist Mariano Jose de Larra, who shot himself at the age of 28 following a doomed love affair.