The Cerralbo Museum has an extensive history. It was created by Mr. Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, 17th Marquis of Cerralbo (1845-1922) who throughout his life combined his dedication to politics and history with his sensitivity towards the Fine Arts.
He travelled throughout Europe in the company of his family visiting museums and acquiring works of art so as to assemble a magnificent collection that, along with the antique numismatics, bibliographic and documental collections, exceeds 50,000 pieces. Because of its quality and diversity of genre, it was at the time considered to be the most complete private art collection in the country; his wife, Ms. Inocencia Serrano y Cerver, and her children, Antonio and Amelia del Valle y Serrano, the Marquis and Marquess of Villa-Huerta, notably contributed to it.
Paintings, sculptures, ceramic pieces, glass, tapestries, furniture, coins, medals, drawings, engravings, clocks, arms, armour and archaeological objects, just to mention the most outstanding, confer a special charm to the palace which besides being one of the most important aristocratic residences, provides visitors with a panoramic view of daily life in Madrid with literary discussions, dancing and parlour secrets...
We have created an image gallery of the Cerralbo Museum collection for our virtual visitors with a selection of the most outstanding or most interesting pieces, grouped into 15 different sections for better contemplation.