Located on la calle Princesa, the Liria Palace is a large building from the eighteenth century, residence of la Casa de Alba in Madrid and main headquarters of its art collection and its historical archive, both of extraordinary value. In its design and construction among others the French Louis Guilbert and Ventura Rodríguez were involved.
Also known as "the younger brother of Royal Palace" Liria Palace is one of the most important civil buildings of its time preserved in the centre of Madrid. The floor of the palace in the form of an unusually long rectangle, unlike usual Spanish palaces, more square and with courtyards within.
The artistic and historical treasures at Liria Palace are amazing, especially for a private collection. Among the most outstanding pieces, a gallery of portraits of successive dukes, painted by masters such as Christoph Amberger, Tiziano, Louis-Michel van Loo, Mengs, Goya, Federico de Madrazo, Joaquín Sorolla and Daniel Vázquez Díaz.
Especially famous are the Retrato del Gran duque de Alba, , by Titian, and the La duquesa Cayetana con vestido blanco, by Goya. The gallery includes important Italian works such as La Virgen de la granada attributed to Fra Angelico, Alegoría de la Verdad by Furini Francesco, La expulsión del Paraíso by Andrea Vaccaro y ejemplos de Elisabetta Sirani, Carlo Maratta, Francesco Guardi and Giovanni Pannini.