Spanish Art Museum Enrique Larreta

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The Larreta residence was built in 1886 as a summer cottage in the Italian Renaissance style. It was surrounded by a garden with fruit and ornamental trees, beds with aromatic plants, and an orchard.
His subsequent owner, writer Enrique Larreta, after serving in the foreign service in France, brought an important art collection of Spanish works of art to decorate his new home. He also transformed the estate into the Spanish Renaissance style, with a significant collection of paintings, altarpieces, wood carvings, and furniture from the XIV to the XX century. In April 1962, at the death of the writer, his sons sold the house to the city of Buenos Aires and donated his collection of works of art and furniture
The collection that gave birth to the museum consisted primarily of wooden sculptures and paintings from the Renaissance ans Baroque periods, as well as a noteworthy set of furniture, arms, and decorative arts that embellished the different rooms in the house. The writer's collection was increased by acquisitions, donations and transfers of more than 30 works from the Museum ofHispanic-American Art Isaac Frenandez Blanco, that blended perfectly with the original collection.

The garden with fruit trees that surrounded the summer house was transformed by Larreta into and Andalusian garden, one of the few of its kind in the city, with the outline characteristic of Muslim gardens, with its fountains, labyrinths and paths that open into different directions. This lush garden invites to rest and relaxation.

There are several sculptures spread around the garden, one of which is a terracotta reproduction of Donatello's David.

Location: Av. Juramento 2291, Belgrano
Opening Times:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
turdays, Sundays and Holidays: from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Tuesdays Closed.
January 1st, May 1st, Good Friday, December 25th: Closed
Argentine residents: AR$500
Tourists: AR$2,000. Children under 12, pensioners and students with accreditation: free.
Wednesdays Free for all.

Guided Visits to the Andalusian Garden: The first Saturday of every month at 3 pm, included in the cost of ticket. Suspended in case of rain.

Enrique Larreta Museum Website (in Spanish only)

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