The Museo de Sorolla is a delightful small museum in the former house of the artist in Madrid. Joaquin Sorolla was born in Valencia in 1873 but only two years later his parents both died, probably from cholera. He was adopted by his mother’s sister and her husband, a locksmith. Sorolla began art studies at the age of fourteen while serving as an apprentice locksmith in his uncle’s workshop. Between 1885 and 1889 he lived in Rome and Assisi, but then married and settled in Madrid in 1890. Considered the leading Spanish “near-impressionist” of his day, he was renowned for his extraordinary ability to capture the effects of light. In the United States he achieved fame through fourteen monumental canvases, Visions of Spain,¬†on display at the Hispanic Society of America in New York. This series of massive paintings depicts scenes from each of the provinces of Spain. In Madrid the museum concentrates mostly on his captivating plein-air paintings.¬†Joaquin Sorolla died in 1923 and was buried in his native Valencia.