Museo de Bellas Artes

Seville, Spain

The Museum of Fine Arts of Seville has a collection of mainly Spanish visual arts from the medieval period to the early 20th century, including a choice selection of works by artists from the so-called Golden Age of Sevillian painting during the 17th century, such as Murillo, Zurbarán, Francisco de Herrera the younger, and Valdés Leal.

The building itself was built in 1594, but the museum was founded in 1839, after the desamortizacion or shuttering of religious monasteries and convents, collecting works from across the city and region. The building it is housed in was originally home to the convent of the Order of the Merced Calzada de la Asunción, founded by St. Peter Nolasco during the reign of King Ferdinand III of Castile. Extensive remodeling in the early 17th century was led by the architect Juan de Oviedo y de la Bandera.

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Founded: 1839
Category: Museums in Spain

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José Luis Colmenares (7 months ago)
This is the museum with the best location in Sevilla. You could be walking near the center and take a rest in their beautiful gardens and galleries. The exposition is mostly composed for paintings of saint themes, and portraits. Near the end of the route you could find some painting of the old town of Sevilla. Nice place
M in Paris (8 months ago)
A huge Spanish art collection. Also the inside of the building is beautiful.
Steve Kleiman (10 months ago)
Thank you for such a wonderful visit! What an absolute delight. If you’re visiting Seville, this museum should be on your list. I visited 1 Dec 2020. Not sure why it was free that day, maybe pandemic discount. Usually it is an inexpensive ticket anyway. English language translations are inconsistently available (see about their free app below). Many bigger placards and captions are only in Spanish. Big placards in the heart of the collection all have English translations. Captions for items in this area also have English captions. English, wherever it shows up, is written fluently. I was amazed how concise and highly informative these descriptions were. Excellent writing but not overwhelming. The museum offers a free mobile app that is EXCELLENT. They really did an awesome job on this, and the English text and audio available in this app more than compensates for any lack of English on placards/captions (though having both are ideal!). The app uses beacons around museum to dynamically locate you and show what is nearby. Deep dive on any particular item to get text/audio. Again, perfect English and wonderful writing. Definitely download the app. To use a baseball metaphor, it's a triple. That’s because the excellent writing is read by a robot voice. To make this an easy home run, hopefully the museum will record a native English speaking human to read this aloud. I was relieved to find myself with breathing space from the guards. Other Spanish art museums have suffocated my experience by circling, stalking. Here I was on camera but left alone on my side of a gallery to be present with the art. Thank you for that.
Mihai Giurca (14 months ago)
Good to visit if in Sevilla. There is no entry fee and you have a few nice things to see inside.
Karen (15 months ago)
Fantastic Art museum, beautiful setting, quiet, fabulous pieces. Free to UK residents on showing Passport.
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