The collections in this department span a very long period stretching from the mid-15th century to the mid-19th century and include sculptures made out of wood, stone, marble and bronze, paintings, scientific instruments, weapons, silverware, jewellery, pottery, glassware, furniture, textiles, hard stones, musical instruments and various types of tools.
The diverse nature of these objects and the traditional or industrial methods used to make them shed light on the technological, functional and aesthetic aspects that characterise the material culture of both the Early Modern Era and the beginning of the Late Modern Era.
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.