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. (