Museo de Bellas Artes - Seville

Source: Willem Vandenameele

The Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla is the most important museum of the Fine Arts of Seville and Andalusia . After the Prado Museum in Madrid, this is perhaps the most important art museum in Spain.

In the museum you will find works of art from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th century, predominantly by Spanish artists such as Francisco da Herrera, Murillo, El Greco, Velásquez, José García Ramos and Francisco Zurbarán, but also by foreign painters such as Jan Brueghel de Oude, Pieter Aertsen, Sebastiaen Vrancx and Cornelis de Vos.

The original museum was opened in 1839 in this monastery building, which was renovated in 1662 in Mudéjar style. Due to the expropriation of the church property, this 'La Merced' monastic order was expelled from this building in 1835. At the time, the museum's purpose was to house works of art acquired from monasteries and temples. Only at the beginning of the 20th century did the museum in Seville begin to house private collections and only since 1970 has the Museo de Bellas Artes had a permanent collection of art.

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