The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum



From Thyssen-Bornemisza description of the Palacio de Villahermosa:

"Most of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection is housed in the Palacio de Vilahermosa, a Neo-classical structure built on the Prado de San Jerónimo in the late eighteen/early nineteenth century.

"The building’s architect was Antonio López Aguado, a pupil of Juan de Villanueva, the architect of the Prado Museum.  Following his master’s example in the nearby Museum, López Aguado harmoniously combines stone and brick on the building’s façade. Its strongly rhythmical disposition is broken only by the Doric portico, which marks the principal entrance.

"In the twentieth century the palace was bought by a bank and its interior totally altered.  Subsequently acquired by the Spanish State, it was used as the temporary exhibition rooms of the Prado before it took on its present function as the home of Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.

"The renovation and remodelling of the building was entrusted to the architect Rafael Moneo who, while retaining the exterior, skillfully adapted the interior to fulfill the requirements of its new functions, creating an atmosphere at once both modern and stately as appropriate to a distinguished palace.

"The rooms are arranged over three floors around a large central atrium which allows for a logical circulation and for a well-organized layout of rooms, including those services now considered normal in a modern museum."




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