Julio Romero de Torres Museum

The Julio Romero de Torres Museum is an exhibition space dedicated to the great Cordovan painter. He has achieved a large collection of his works in an old house, which interestingly was where the artist was born and grew up . Keep reading and you will know all the details of the museum and the author.

The building

The building where the Museum is located was a hospitable center in the time of the Catholic Monarchs, back in the 15th century it belonged to the Hospital de la Caridad . Later it hosted the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Other uses that the house had were the Conservatory of Music, Royal Academy of Sciences and School of Fine Arts.

Julio Romero’s father, Rafael Romero Barros was director of the Museum of Fine Arts, which resided in this house. Here Julio was born with his brothers, that’s where his early love for painting was born.

The author

Julio Romero de Torres was born on November 9, 1874 next to the rooms where the Museum and School of Fine Arts of Cordoba were housed, this circumstance made him become fond of painting at an age too early. His brothers Rafael and Enrique also became painters.

The vast majority of his works are dedicated to the figure of women, with which he represents different scenarios and events of his own life. The image of the woman in her paintings is sometimes challenging, of a strong, powerful character and at other times it represents melancholy, sadness …

Julio Romero dies in his native house on May 10, 1930. After his success in the world of art and painting, his neighbors dismiss him in a multitudinous funeral, carrying the coffin on his shoulders through the streets of Córdoba.

History of the museum

The history of this Museum is born just when the Author dies. They are their three children and their widow, Francisca Pellicer the first to show their intention to create a museum with Julio’s works.

In November 1931 the Julio Romero de Torres Museum is inaugurated with the presence of Niceto Alcalá Zamora, president of the Second Republic. Later the building is extended with the acquisition of other adjacent properties and a second floor is added.

Over the years, public institutions have been acquiring new works for the collection, it has even been possible to rescue the furniture that the painter had in his studio in Madrid.

Different rooms

The Museum is divided into different rooms. The first one is dedicated to the Entorno Familiar in which you can see personal objects from July, to continue with the room of the Primera Época and the third one called La Capilla. The fourth room is entitled El origen de lo Hondo, following with the room Semblanzas and finished with the last dedicated to La Esencia de Cordoba.

Main works

The main works you can see in the Museum are the famous Chiquita Piconera, Naranjas y Limones or La Fuensanta. Other works exhibited are Que Bonita Era! , Venus de la Poesía , Cante Hondo … In the Museum you can see a good number of the author’s works, all of exceptional quality.

Times and prices

From September 16 to June 15

  • Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Mondays are closed

From June 16 to September 15

  • Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Mondays are closed

How to get there

The Julio Romero de Torres Museum is in the Plaza del Potro, next to the Museum of Fine Arts. On the map below you have the directions to get there.