Seville’s Awesome Artworks

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Explore the culture of the city through its amazing art down the ages

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Seville is an immensely cultural city and if you’re into fine art you’ll be spoilt for choice.

This Seville itinerary is perfect for art lovers. It takes in works in particular by the Seville school painters who were painting during the 16th and 17th centuries. At this time the city underwent huge growth fuelled by the vast wealth pouring into it from Spain’s New World colonies in South and Central America.

Start your tour at the Hospital de la Santa Caridad which gets few visitors but its wonderfully atmospheric chapel holds several huge canvases by Murillo and two macabre works by Valdes Leal.

If you haven’t visited it already, head next for the Cathedral. Here you will find several more of Murillo’s wonderfully romanticised depictions of the saints. At the same time enjoy a museum full of interesting artworks.

It may well be lunch time – try one of my favourite local joints Las Colomnas. I recommend you stand close to the bar in order to catch the barman’s eye!

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Head next into the Barrio Santa Cruz and visit the Hospital de Los Venerables which has a small but perfectly-formed permanent exhibition of the works of Diego Velazquez. The chapel also features some spectacular ceilings so don’t miss them.

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Drop into the Iglesia de la Magdalena which has another wonderully ornate painted domed ceiling and then finish your tour with a wander around the city’s excellent fine arts museum, the Museo de Bellas Artes which is stuffed with great works. There’s a whole room devoted to Murillo and several strikingly lifelike works by Zurbaran.

If contemporary art is more your thing, be sure to visit the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo across the river at the Monasterio de la Cartuja. It’s a bit of a distance so you’ll probably need to jump in a cab to get there.

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