Private and social life in the Romantic period. Romanticism marked the apotheosis of the individual in all fields of human activity. This included architecture and interior decoration. Men and women wanted to make their personality and tastes widely known. The harmonious blend of furnishings and objects with different origins and styles in the same space revealed, or were thought to reveal, the personality of the people living there. In a romantic house every niche held a secret, every object told a story about a moment in time. We can use these traces to reconstruct and understand the past.
Can Llopis Museum of Romanticism. This immaculately preserved house gives us a privileged glimpse into the lifestyle of the Catalan family who owned it during the era of Romanticism in the 19th century. It was built in the late 18th century in the austere but elegant neoclassical style with very little decoration. True to Mediterranean traditions, the house has a central courtyard with a staircase leading to the living quarters on the first floor. The interior decor reflects the changes in taste from the date of construction, strongly influenced by aristocratic models, to the triumph of the hew forms of bourgeois Romanticism.
Technical advances. The house contains some of the technical innovations from the 19th century; a coach with seating capacity for fourteen and several velocipedes (one of which is highly sophisticated, with rubber tyres and pedals). The rooms also display how lighting changed over this period, from candelabra and chandeliers with wax candles to gaslight.
The Llopis family. The Llopis family were seafarers before marrying into a family of rural landowners, the Falç family, in the mid-18th century. They turned their hand to running their properties and wine-growing. The house wineryproduced Malvasia Llopis, which was exported to many South American countries. The last memeber of the dynasty, Manuel Llopis i de Casades, donated the family home to the Generalitat de Catalunya in 1935.
The Museum of Romanticism opened in 1949. It has been extended since then with a series of dioramas illustrating different aspects of life and Catalan traditions from last century and the collection of dolls donated by the artist Lola Anglada, with over four hundred pieces, many of which date from the romantic period.
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- Coach: MonBus line from Ronda Universitat.
- Private vehicle: C-32 motorway to exit 30 (Sitges Centre).
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