Museo Julio Romero de Torres
Museum in Córdoba
The Julio Romero de Torres Museum is a museum located in the city of Córdoba, Spain. The museum contains the largest collection of work by the famous Cordoban painter Julio Romero de Torres, who was regarded one of the greatest painters of Spain. It is located in the building of the old Hospital of la Caridad or the Old Hospital of Charity which also houses the Museo de Bellas Artes de Córdoba or Museum of Fine Arts of Córdoba. Dedicated to the work of Julio Romero de Torres, it allows us to take a tour of his life, from its beginnings to its most splendid and well-known works: La Chiquita Piconera, Oranges and Lemons, Cante Hondo, Poem to Córdoba , etc. The museum has been renovated three times, the last time in 2012.
The History of the Museo Julio Romero de Torres
The Building Old Hospital of la Caridad
This institution was sponsored by the Catholic Monarchs at the end of the 15th century, and it was run by the Third Order of San Francis, where they looked after the sick until 1837.
Since the middle of the 19th century, the building has experienced numerous reforms, and it has housed several cultural institutions in the city, such as the Archaeological Museum, which was located there between 1868 and 1917, or the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, and even the house of its curator and director, Rafael Romero Barros, Julio Romero de Torres’s father. This author was born in this building, in the rooms where the museum is today.
Julio Romero de Torres Collection
After the death of Julio Romero de Torres on May 10, 1930, Francisca Pellicer, widow of the painter, and their children, Rafael, Amalia and María, decided to create a museum dedicated to the memory of the artist, bequeathing it to the city of Córdoba.
The museum has been declared a site of Cultural interest since 1962.
What can you see at the Museo Julio Romero de Torres
The museum has six halls which show his paintings and are distributed thematically. Two rooms in the lower floors collect canvas and sculptures of the Familiar background and paintings from the painters earlier works labelled his First Period. In the upper floor the house the classical topics or more mystical works in the hall titled The Chapel. The next is dedicated to paintings of flamenco in the hall called The origin of deepness. The portraits the artist completed are collected in the space titled Similarities and at last, the emblematic works of the painter production related to his city, in the exhibition hall called The Essence of Córdoba. Apart from his paintings, museum holds personal things of the artist, including his brushes, his guitar, chattles and scripts.
How to get to the Museo Julio Romero de Torres
The Museum of Julio Romero de Torres is located in one of the most symbolic places in the city, in the Cervantine “Plaza del Potro” or Square of the Colt, which has existed since the 13th century, when the city was reconquered by Fernando III the Saint. The square can be easily accessed, as it is very close to Paseo de la Ribera, a street that accompanies River Guadalquivir on its way along Córdoba. If we arrive from the city centre, for example from Tendillas Square, we will just have to go through two streets, Claudio Marcelo and San Fernando.
Visiting Museo Julio Romero de Torres
8.30am-3pm Tue-Sat & 8.30am-2.30pm Sun mid-Jun–mid-Sep, 8.30am-8.45pm Tue-Fri, 8.30am-4.30pm Sat & 8.30am-2.30pm Sun mid-Sep–mid-Jun