Liria Palace art, Madrid

This item appears on page 4 of the December 2019 issue.

Paintings, sculpture, tapestries, engravings, furniture, documents and books — the art collection of the Liria Palace (Calle Princesa 20, Madrid; phone +34 912302200, in Madrid, Spain, opened to the public for the first time on Nov. 1.

The art is the private collection of the dukes of Berwick & Alba and was gathered over 500 years, though the palace itself dates back only to 1785. It is the only palace in Madrid that remains a private residence.

The art collection can be visited only on an escorted tour, with an audio guide (available in English) that includes music and recorded dialog of historic figures. Leaving every 30 minutes and lasting 65 minutes, tours run 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon.-Sun., and 3:45-7:30 p.m., Tues.-Sun. A tour costs 14 (near $15.50) and can be booked in advance, online, or on location.