Buenos Aires Museums: A Visit to Museo Larreta Spanish Art Museum

A little off the traditional Buenos Aires circuit – Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo – Museo Larreta is a hidden oasis in Belgrano area, at the north of the city. Its very nice Andalusian-style garden and fine collection of Spanish art will give you a good excuse to visit this less touristic part of the city.

 

Belgrano Area in Buenos Aires

Plaza Gral Manuel Belgrano - Buenos AIres

Belgrano is an residential and elegant area, comparable to the 16th arrondissement in Paris or Upper West Side in Manhattan. Now completely integrated to Buenos Aires, Belgrano used to be a separate town.

Plaza Gral Manuel Belgrano - Buenos AIres

The municipal Museum of Spanish Art is located in Belgrano’s ancient town square, Plaza General Belgrano. On this beautiful square you will also see a ancient church, distinctively round-shaped. Just a few blocks from Plaza General Belgrano, heading towards Libertador Ave., you can discover Barrancas de Belgrano, one of the most expensive sub-districts inside Belgrano.

 

Enrique Larreta Museum of Spanish Art

Museo Enrique Larreta

Enrique Rodríguez Larreta (1875-1961) was an Argentine writer, academic, diplomat and art collector. His most famous novel La Gloria de Don Ramiro takes place is XVIth century Spain and is a good representative of Hispanic modernism movement.

Larreta home in Buenos Aires was built in 1886 in a Spanish colonial style, with a beautiful Andalusian palace garden. It became the municipal Museum of Spanish Art in 1962. It hosts a vast collection of Spanish art, mainly from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The most noteworthy art pieces are a XVIth century gothic altarpiece dedicated to Saint Ann and the Sacred Family altarpiece, attributed to Juan de Juni.

Museo Larreta Buenos Aires

 

After the Museum: Croque Madame restaurant and coffee shop

 Museo Larreta Buenos Aires - Croque Madame

Just next to the museum, you will find a very nice coffee shop and restaurant with a large patio just next to the Andalusian garden. A great way to extend your visit! Access is completely independent from the museum (Vuelta de Obligado 2155).

 

Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larretaç
Av. Juramento 2291
www.museolarreta.buenosaires.gob.ar
Monday through Friday: 3pm to 7pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10am to 8pm
Entrance: AR$5

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