Museo de Bellas Artes

Plaza del Museo, 9
Tel: 954-786-500

Web: http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/cultur...

Hours:

Monday closed.

Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 to 20:30H.

Sunday and holidays: 9:00 to 14:30H.

Holidays closed: Jan. 1 and 6, May 1, Dec. 24, 25, and 31.

The Museo de Bellas Artes was founded in 1839 in the old Convento de la Merced Calzada, which was originally built in 1602. The building is an example of Andalusian mannerist architecture of the 17th century. At that time the government confiscated all the art in the convents and monasteries of Spain, and the art from Seville was placed in this museum. This museum is one of the most important in Spain.

The art in this museum dates from the medieval times to the modern times, with an emphasis on the Seville school. This includes artists such as Francisco de Zurbaran, Juan de Valdes Leal, and Bartolome Esteban Murillo.

The former church of the convent is a very large structure with the most beautiful architecture. The ceiling and the cupola are amazingly beautiful.

The Sevilla School painted mostly huge altarpieces, that could be seen from far away. There are about 15 large paintings by Murillo, the most beautiful he painted in his lifetime. Other painters found here are Francisco Pacheco, Velazquez, and Cano. You can also find El Grecos and Goyas in the museum.

This fine arts museum is among the ten best in Spain.