Modern Era

Sedan chair

Oil on panel, gilded wood, glass and silk
Madrid
Paintings by Luís Paret y Alcázar (1746-1799)
Circa 1770-1776
 

A habitual mode of urban transport during the Early Modern Era, this type of luxurious chair was used for carrying ladies of the aristocracy. The panels were painted by Luis Paret and depict mythological scenes associated with love. The original upholstery has been preserved, as well as the straps that fitted over two bearers’ shoulders to lighten their load.

Catalogue

Here you can find information about objects related to the two ruling dynasties of this period, the Habsburgs and the Bourbons. The items on display reflect political and social transformations, technical and scientific advances, and the creation of new political spaces and trading arenas in Europe and America. All of these changes occurred between the 16th and 19th centuries, during the Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment and the early days of liberalism.

Astrolabio

Austrias

  

Miniatura Carlos III

Borbones