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C/ Obispo Frutos, 12

Phone: 0034 968 239 346
Fax: 0034 968 272 792

Museo De Bellas Artes De Murcia

The Museo de Bellas Artes de Murcia is one of the most deeply-rooted institutions in our region. Its origin is linked with the Provincial Commission on Monuments of Murcia (1844), whose preservation and conservation work with the region's monumental heritage, directed to setting up a provincial museum, materialised in 1864. This was also the year in which the Provincial Museum of Painting and Sculpture was created, to which the Archaeology section was later added.

The museum, inaugurated in 1910, was designed by the architect Pedro Cerdán Martínez who reflected in it the principles of eclectic architecture. It would later be reformed by architects like Pedro Sanmartín Moro (1973-1975) and Manuel Cuadrado Isasa (1998-2000).

At present, the museum has a programme based on the history of the styles and chronology of the exhibited collection, which is displayed according to an educational approach. The idea is to provide an introduction of the collection to visitors.

As far as museum acquisitions are concerned, it is worth mentioning the work of the Provincial Commission on Monuments and the Board of Management, both of whom made donations, purchases and deposits possible during the first few years.

Works such as The Martyrdom of St Agapito of Palestrina by Odazzi, Portrait of Mr Javier Fuentes and Ponte by Federico de Madrazo or a collection of panels by Carlos de Haes confirm the importance of the museum, which has promoted the protection and conservation of our artistic heritage during decades. Distinguished museums also loan their art works to Murcia, such as the Prado which has deposited important pictorial ... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

ROOM I: Renaissance and Baroque
If the Renaissance was one of the most expressive moments in the history of art, this moment is especially well represented in Murcia with figures such as Jacobo Florentino and Jerónimo Quijano, who juxtapose Italian and eastern-Spain influences in the cathedral of Murcia.
Hernando Llano de Almedina, from Leonardo's circle, Juan de Vitoria and Joan de Joanes have their place in this room, as well as the outstanding personality of Pedro de Orrente, from the beginning or the 17th century, who shows influences from Venetian painting and the Bassano, giving his work elements of the early baroque style.

ROOM II: 17th Century Murcia
Mateo Gilarte, Lorenzo Suárez and Nicolás de Villacis are some of the most outstanding artists in 17th century Murcia. The century is initiated by Pedro de Orrente and continued by a notable generation of artists and workshops.
Besides the narrative series of Evangelical Passages from Pedro de Orrente's workshop, this room exhibits the set of pictures that Nicolás de Villacis painted for the Convent of the Trinity, site of today's museum. Gilarte's paintings Virgin Mary and The Good Shepherd are significantly placed next to The birth of Virgin Mary – the latter belongs to the Prado collection and is displayed in front of St Francis Borgia, painted by French artist Nicolás de Bussy for the Jesuit Church of Murcia.

ROOM III: The painting of the Spanish Golden Age
The painting of the Spanish Golden Age includes the great masterpieces of art as well as those painted in workrooms and schools by artists and workshops in the 17th century. Thus, this room exhibits pieces of both origins: from the canvasses T...+ [ Read all ]



Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 am - 8.30 pm
Sunday and bank holidays: 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
Mondays: closed

Getting there

C/ Obispo Frutos, 12
30003 Murcia

Tel: (+34) 968 239 346
Fax: (+34) 968 272 792


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It is not necessary to make a reservation for individual guided visits. Tours are given on Wednesdays at 18:00 and Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays at 12:30.

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