OUR

HISTORY

Always art

“History will dictate what your legacy is”. Al Davis.

And as always. Antigüedades Linares is the oldest art gallery in Spain. It all began in the Alhambra in Granada in the middle of the 19th century. The first generation of antique dealers of the Linares family saw the business opportunity of selling popular objects and furniture to the large number of tourists, generally Americans, who visited the Alhambra influenced by the books of Washington Irvin, "Tales of the Alhambra". After decades of this activity, the first shop was opened in 1883 inside the Alhambra itself, Puerta del Vino. The business prospered and new galleries were opened in the most important cities of Spain. Shops were opened in Barcelona, Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Toledo, Gran Canaria and Madrid. Throughout the successive generations of the Linares family, the business specialised in Spanish Golden Age art, painting, sculpture and furniture, leading the art market in Spain. The international expansion came in the mid-20th century, a period of depression in Spain but with a great influx of European and American tourism. The headquarters in Granada gave way to the new head office in Madrid, where it established itself as a gallery of reference for the Spanish and international art market. Pieces were sent from this shop to the most important collections in the world and the company collaborated with countless museums and institutions, both national and international. The Prado Museum in Madrid, the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum and the Hispanic Society in New York, the National Gallery in London, the Arts Institute of Chicago, among others, still have pieces from the Linares Gallery. Today, the business is run by the family’s fifth generation and remains as independent gallery. The business idea has been adapted to the current market trends, attendance at international art fairs, monographic exhibitions, the approach to decoration and modern architecture are the paths of the current business.  Nowadays the gallery is located in the heart of the art scene in Madrid with a modern and equipped space where you can visit an important collection of pieces in a comfortable and discreet way. Spain has always been a country of artists and we have a very important cultural legacy. Nowadays the Spanish art market occupies a place of vital importance worldwide. From the Linares Gallery we try to approach to the tendencies of the local and international demand with exclusive works of the most important masters of all the schools and artistic periods. Always and as always, Art. 

About

LINARES FAMILY

Proud to maintain the family business through six generations of the Linares family. From the beginnings in the Alhambra in Granada to the present day, the Gallery has been managed by members of the same family for almost 200 years. We feel very fortunate to be the oldest art gallery in Spain and probably the longest running family of antique dealers in Europe for the last two centuries.

1st Generation

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Linares Family. Since 1832.

2nd Generation

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Abelardo Linares. 1870-1937.

3rd Generation

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Ángel Linares. 1902-1998.

4th Generation

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Pilar Linares. 1933.

5th Generation

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Eduardo Linares. 1963.

6th Generation

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Ignacio Rodríguez-Guerra. 1996.