Permanent Collection - Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla

The museum\\\'s main proposal is a tour through the paintings of the Sevillian school, in addition to examples from other schools. The main tour route is decided by the building structure, as the order of the rooms determines the chronological view of the exhibition.

The Ground Floor
beginning in Hall I, contains the most ancient objects on exhibition, that is, Sevillian painting and sculpture from the 15th century, and ends in Hall V, the old convent church, currently dedicated to Murillo and the great masters who went before him in the first half of the 17th century.

The Top Floor
covers Hall VI to XIV and proposes a tour from Murillo\\\'s work to painting from the first half of the 20th century. On this floor, the following are worth special mention: Hall VIII, dedicated to Valdés Leal, Hall IX, dedicated to the painting of the European schools and Hall X, which exhibits exceptional examples of painting from another great master of the Sevillian school: Francisco de Zurbarán.

For the visitor who may have had some initial contact with the collection, the museum proposes a thematic tour of the great masters of the Sevillian Baroque period: Francisco de Zurbarán, Murillo and Valdés Leal.

Francisco de Zurbarán was the dominant artistic figure in Sevillian painting during the second third of the 17th century. His simple and naturalistic style, saturated with an intense spirituality, achieved great success and converted him into the favourite artist of the main religious orders. Some of the works belonging to his famous monastic cycles are exhibited, such as those of the San Pablo and Santo Domingo de Porta Coeli Dominican Convents. The important series of the Carthusian monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas stands out, in which the spiritual principles which govern the life of the Carthusians are interpreted. This tour would pass through rooms V and X.

In the ancient church of the Convento de la Merced, the core of the collection is exhibited. Pacheco represents, in the first generation of 17th century artists, the survival of the Mannerist Tradition, and Juan de Roelas, the naturalistic renovation that would prevail. From this generation, other painters such as Mohedano, Uceda, and Juan del Castillo, Murillo\\\'s master, stand out. Herrera el Viejo (the Old) and Zurbarán carried naturalism into the second third of the century, and thanks to Murillo and Valdés Leal, this evolved towards the height of Baroque. Murillo\\\'s style dominated Sevillian painting during the second half of the 17th century, leaving its mark until well into the 18th century. The set of paintings that he did for the church in the Sevillian Convent of Capuchins is one of the best of its production and the most important that the museum has. The visit becomes a unique experience, as Hall V, the old convent church, recreates the original context of this iconographic cycle, one of the most important in Sevillian Baroque painting.

Valdés Leal was one of the most important and thought-provoking figures in Sevillian Baroque painting. His direct and energetic style, of decidedly Baroque compositions, stands out because of its expressive force and creative originality. Of the works on exhibition, the series done for Sevillian religious institutions is of special interest, such as the Convent of San Agustín series, the Monastery of San Jerónimo de Buenavista or the Casa Profesa de la Compañía de Jesús This tour is mainly focused in Hall VIII.

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