Painting depicting a group of musicians playing flute, violin and piano
Painting depicting a seated young man, wearing a tunic, playing the lyre

Montano Building

Asset of Heritage Interest in the Monument category

The Montano building and the old piano factory attached to it form a complex of special historical and artistic significance. The building was built between 1884 and 1890 by the architect Ricardo Montano, constituting a notable example of Madrid domestic architecture of the XNUMXth century, in a simple and austere line, fundamentally highlighting the mural decoration of the music room located on the ground floor, the only preserved work. by the brothers Daniel and Germán Zuloaga, which maintains an entire decorative program alluding to music.

In the Montano music hall, recitals by outstanding performers were held, becoming one of the most important audition rooms of the time, a privileged setting in Madrid's musical history and the only audition room that remains of the numerous existing ones in Madrid between the last decades of the 19th century and the first of the 20th. 

The panels between each opening of the room are decorated with portraits of famous composers
like Beethoven or Albéniz. The interior wall is decorated with two allegories alluding to the Composition: and Harmony, represented as two female figures carrying a pen and paper and a violin, respectively, with the inscriptions “ÓPERA” and “ZARZUELA”.

The two ceiling compositions represent the allegory of the Music in Antiquity, inspired by Sappho and Alcaeus by the painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1881) and to Music in the Baroque, reproducing the Frederick the Great's flute concert in Sanssouci, by the German painter Adolf Menzel (1850-1852). At the ends, angels carrying symbolic elements related to the Geometry, Stores, Spring Suspension and Phone as well as the scene of Jupiter and Io, reproduction of a painting by Correggio.


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