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Fundacion Manuel Benedito
Location: Calle Juan Bravo, 4, Madrid, 28006
One has to call and make an appointment to see the museum.
Entrance Fees: 7 euros for normal and 5 euros for reduced (such as people over 65 years of age).
Manuel Benedito was born in Valencia in 1875. He studied art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Valencia. He met Joaquin Sorolla and moved to Madrid to work in Sorolla’s studio, to complete his art education. In 1899 he won an award from the Academia Española to study art in Rome. He also visited other parts of Italy, Paris, Belgium and Holland, having exhibitions in these places too. In succeeding years he painted in Spain, Holland and Paris, where his works of art win many prizes. After 1915 he was named the artistic director of the Real Fabrica de Tapices in Madrid. He also became an Academic member of the Reales Academias de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid and also of the Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Valencia. He died in 1963.
Benedito’s style is similar to Joaquin Sorolla’s. He was a great painter of portraits and he painted some of the most prominent persons of Spanish society of his time, including King Alfonso XIII and his family. He was specially talented in painting beautiful women. The foundation was started by his niece Vicenta Benedito in 2002, to conserve and promote his art. The present address of the foundation was actually the house and studio of Manuel Benedito from 1927 until his death.