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THE FEMALE UNIVERSE OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY:
THE SALA FEMENINA OF THE MUSEU FREDERIC MAR╚S
by Pilar VÚlez
director of the frederic marÚs museum

Collectionism. This would be the best word to define the Museu Frederic Marès. Its founder, the sculptor Frederic Marès i Deulovol (1893-1991), gathered a collection of Spanish sculpture, mainly from the mediaeval to the beginning of the twentieth century, which is now recognised as the first collection of its kind in Spain, providing an overall while at the same time detailed perspective of all schools, artists and workshops.

But besides this great collection, Frederic Marès also created another, like a collector's cabinet, which he called the "Museu Sentimental". Comprised of a number of rooms dedicated to different themes, of special note is that called the "Sala Femenina", one of the most remarkable, both on account of the collection itself and on account of its especially evocative location. Like everything in this cabinet, Marès put together collections of objects belonging to his predecessors, from his grandparents' time, recognising the active role of the museum as a "family testimony", and socio-historic record.

The Sala Femenina enables us to travel through the 19th century bourgeois women's world, via all those objects and pieces related especially with the customs of female clothing and accessories. The itinerary begins with a collection of 324 fans, from the 17th century to the 20th century, from England, France and Spain. (…)