The Museum of Bellas Artes is considered as the most important museum of Andalucía, and the second most important in Spain. It was established in September 1835 and officially opened in 1841; it collected works from all the city and regions after the “desamortizacion” or shuttering of religious monasteries and convents.|
It is located in “La plaza del Museo” in the convent of the Order of the Merced Calzada de la Asunción. It holds a collection of mainly Spanish Art from the medieval age to the early 20th century. The museum of Bellas Artes is essential to know both, The Sevilla Baroque painting during 17th century, such as Zurbaran, Murillo, Valdés Leal and Francisco de la Herrera and the Andalucian Painting from 19th century.
The Museum of Bellas Artes
Bellas Artes Sevilla
The current distribution of the museum, consist of 14 rooms, as follows:
- First floor:
- Room I: Medieval Spanish Art.
- Room II: Art of the Renaissance.
- Room III: Francisco Pacheco and his school.
- Room IV: Small masterpieces.
- Room V: The Baroque Sevilla, highlighting the works of Murillo.
- Second Floor:
- Room VI: The Baroque Sevilla.
- Room VII: Murillo’s paintings and his disciples, John Simon Gutierrez.
- Room VIII: Valdes Leal’s Painting.
- Room IX: European Baroque painting.
- Room X: Francisco de Zurbaran’s Painting.
- Room XI: Spanish and Sevilla painting, 18th century.
- Room XII: Sevilla Painting, 19th century, transition from Romanticism to Realism.
- Room XIII: Romanticism (It has a Gustavo Adolfo Becquer portrait).
- Room XIV: Sevilla Painting, first half of the 20th century.
The most remarkable masterpieces are:
- “San Hugo en el refectorio de los Cartujos” by Francisco de Zurbaran.
- “Apoteosis de Santo Tomás de Aquino” by Francisco de Zurbaran.
- “Santas Justa y Rufina” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
- “Virgen de la Servilleta” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
- “Las Cigarreras” by Gonzalo Bilbao.