The Carmen Thyssen Museum Málaga is the most comprehensive collection of 19th-century Andalusian painting in Spain. It is located in the Palacio de Villalón, a 16th-century palatial building located in the heart of Málaga. The permanent collection consists of 230 works that brilliantly summarise 19th-century Spanish art.
These works of the Carmen Thyssen Bornemisza Collection have been on display since March 2011. The works are mainly from the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are four different routes.
Old Masters: housed in the former Palace chapel, are works of great masters of the 13th to the 17th century, such as Zurbarán or Ezquerra. The latter is the creator of an outstanding work that you can view in the museum: “Santa Marina”.
Romantic Landscape and Costumbrismo displays how the way of capturing landscapes changed during romanticism. In these works, national and foreign authors recreate bullfighting traditions, gypsy themes, fiestas or architecture with a Morisco air.
Précieux style and naturalist painting: the change in Spanish painting in the mid-19th century fills the works with colour and realism. The paintings are smaller, but have more detail, leaving aside romance to focus on reality.
Fin-de-siècle: this section brings together major artists who were key figures in rethinking and modernising Spanish painting at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Sorolla, Casas and Iturrino share space with Zuloaga and Julio Romero de Torres, a Cordoban painter and creator of works like "Buenaventura", which can be seen at this museum.
A stately 16th-century building, the Palacio de Villalón is the heart of the museum to which have been added new buildings making a fabulous ensemble for the gallery.
As in other old buildings of Málaga, Roman remains were found in the subsoil during the refurbishment. In this building the pools for making Garum were discovered; Garum was product that Málaga exported to much of the Roman Empire. You will also see some Roman household rooms with figurative decorations.