Next up on our tour of "free and cheap in Madrid" was the Museo Sorolla, or the Sorolla Museum. Composed entirely of the work of Joaquín Sorolla and located in his former home, the Sorolla is full of portraits and landscapes done in a primarily impressionist style.
The home was built in 1910, and was the first house (though no one lives there anymore) we'd been to in Madrid - most everyone lives in apartments here. We've since been in another former-home-turned-museum, but this was the first one. It's located in the Chamberí neighborhood, and entrance is free on Saturdays after 2pm, all day on Sundays, and on certain other special days throughout the year (entry is 3€ at all other times, at least at the time of writing).
Some rooms are used as galleries, and some are furnished as they were during Sorolla's life. The top floor is reserved for special temporary exhibitions, which while we were visiting was "Sorolla Tierra Adentro," or "Sorolla Inland," which featured more of Sorolla's works that don't feature the sea (he was based mainly in Valencia, if I understand correctly, and much of his work includes the sea). We enjoyed both the art and the home - being able to experience both while going to just one museum was a treat.
D - I really enjoyed the Sorolla. Though I liked the art, I think I may have liked walking around the house even more. The house offers a cool glimpse into the past and it was fun to imagine Sorolla sitting down in his studio and painting while his wife and kids ran around the house. He was a real family man, and it shows in his work.
For a little something different - and more manageable compared to the massive and overwhelming behemoths like the Prado - I'd highly recommend the Museo Sorolla. The house, paintings, and garden are a work of art, and you just can't beat it for the price.