A beautifully restored 17th century palace in the heart of Malaga is home to an exquisite collection of works of arts by the renowned Spanish painter Felix Revello de Toro, and worth adding to the list of ‘things to do and see’ for guests from CLC Club La Costa World.
The building originally belonged to the 17th century master sculptor Pedro de Mena, whose bust stands in the small courtyard at the entrance. Covered galleries overlook a splendid courtyard with Tuscan marble columns and colourful plants sprawl along the walls – the palace is one of the finest examples of 17th century architecture in the city.
The art collection inside has been bestowed by Malaga-born Revello de Toro (born 1926 -) who, like the more famous Pablo Picasso, is a ‘Favourite Son’ of the city.
His beautifully intimate portraits are often of women and his wife and daughters have been favourite subjects. The talent of the young Felix was discovered at the age of eight and by his mid teens he had won scholarships to study art in Madrid and Italy and later exhibited throughout Spain. He also painted official portraits of the Spanish Royal Family.
In 1995 Malaga granted him the city’s Gold Medal and named him ‘Favourite Son’ and in 2004 his major retrospective was held in the Municipal Museum of Malaga and was visited by more than 50,000 people.
The museum also pays homage to Pedro de Mena, who was famous for his religious images and a memorial room is dedicated to him with interactive technology indicating places where is work can been seen in Malaga – including the cathedral – as well as other parts of Spain.
The museum is tucked down a tiny side street (Calle Afligidos no 5 – the street of the afflicted) near the imposing cathedral and is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm and on Sundays and holidays from 10am to 2pm. Visit www.museorevellodetoro.malaga.eu for more information
Picture credit: Leo Hidalgo