Antoni Amatller showed an exceptional aesthetic taste and a proven love for historical and artistic heritage, an element that is reflected in the construction of the Casa Amatller. The industrial chocolate maker used part of his fortune to create an excellent artistic collection. In order to do this, he got in touch with experts in the field of art, such as the director of the Episcopal Museum of Vic Josep Gudiol i Cunill; and took advantage of his business activity to make contacts throughout Spain and Europe making the most of these opportunities to purchase works of art.
During his lifetime, Antoni Amatller managed to assemble an important collection specialising in archaeological glass, with more than 400 pieces covering a large part of the antiquity of the Mediterranean world: Egypt, Ancient East, Roman provinces of Hispania, Gaul, Germania or Italy.
After Antoni Amatller’s death, Teresa Amatller preserved all these objects and increased them with new acquisitions, which can still be seen in our visit to the Casa Museu Amatller.
In addition to the archaeological glass, Antoni Amatller was able to assemble numerous works of art from the Middle Ages to his contemporaneity. Paintings by his contemporary Ramón Casas still hang on the walls of his house, a Romanesque altarpiece by Angostrina, two still lifes from Castilian Baroque, portraits of Teresa Amatller and Antoni Amatller… Some of the paintings, which are as fragile as they are extraordinary, such as the Ascension of Christ in Bermejo (1470-85) or the altarpiece of Saint Nicholas by Joan Reixach (15th century) are in storage. Sculptures, historical furniture, art deco jewellery and artistic photographs are also part of Antoni Amatller’s art collection.
Learn more about the collections of the Casa Museu Amatller.