The collection of paintings, which has been considered a jewel of the Lladró family for years, will no longer be hidden from the eyes of the public!

I was delighted to hear that the descendants of the Lladró family, who have become famous and wealthy through their brand of luxury porcelain produced in their own factory in Tabernes Blanques since 1958, have donated their entire collection of paintings and artefacts to the city of Valencia.

In 1980, Juan Lladró began investing in art with his brothers José and Vicente. He did this on the advice of Alfonso Emilio Pérez Sánchez, the director of the Prado Museum between 1983 and 1991. His idea from the beginning was to make the artwork in the headquarters of the porcelain figurine company in Tavernes Blanques accessible to the public. And there it remained until the company was sold to an investment fund in 2017 and the art collection was moved to Madrid, where it is stored.

** Report by Karla Ingleton Darocas, Hons. B.A. Fine Arts  (

The purchase of the Lladró collection by the Generalitat was announced last July for a sum of 3.7 million euros. This seems like a good deal considering the size of the collection, which includes Gothic altarpieces, Renaissance panels, Baroque, Neoclassical oil paintings and Impressionist canvases, with the most valuable paintings belonging to the Spanish Golden Age and the most popular Valencian painters.

Among the names of great importance in the history of Spanish art are artists such as Vicente Macip, Juan de Juanes, Juan Ribalta, José de Ribera, Rubens, El Greco, Sánchez Cotán , Valdés Leal, Francisco de Zurbarán, Vicente López, Antonio Cortina Farinós, Ignacio Pinazo or Joaquín Sorolla.

The Lladró collection will become part of the Valencia Fine Arts Museum in the beautiful San Pío V building. However, the museum needs time to prepare its rooms and walls for the 73 pieces.

Until the museum is ready, the collection will be displayed in the Valencia Post Office, popularly known as the Palacio de Comunicaciones, built in 1922 by the architect Miguel Angel Navarro.

The post office building was built in the modernist style and has since incorporated echoes of other popular architectural styles such as classicism and baroque.

Valencians will be able to visit the entire collection free of charge from January 2023 onwards 


The collection includes seven of Sorolla's epic paintings, considered by some to be his absolute best works.

One of these outstanding works by the Valencian master is a large-scale work entitled I Am the Bread of Life. It is a religious theme depicted in a maritime setting. Truly unique and impressive. Only the Hispanic Society of New York owns Sorolla's in this large format.

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