This museum dedicated to the decorative arts is also not to be missed.

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Museo de Artes Decorativas

Long-standing and important.

Since 1972, it has been housed in the iconic Palacio Taranco building which is one of the most impressive examples of early-20th-century residential architecture in Montevideo. The Taranco family, keen to reflect the spirit and customs of the time, commissioned the design of this mansion to the prestigious French architects Charles Louis Girault and Jules Léon Chifflot, creators of the Petit Palais in Paris. The museum itself has an interesting collection of archaeological artefacts from various European cultures, including ceramics, terracotta, Greek bronzes, Roman amphorae and Phoenician glass. However, the most important part of the collection is the set of European paintings, sculptures, textiles and furniture that was once owned by the Taranco family, with work by artists such as José de Ribera, Diego Velázquez or Joaquín Sorolla, among others. The collection of bronzes used to decorate the niches in the kitchen are also well worth a look.

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