Fine Arts Museum
The Great Sevillian School
Visit with an History of Arts graduate guide
The Convento de la Merced Calzada, which dates back to early 17th century, houses which is considered the second best Spanish art assembly, only after the Prado Museum. It was founded in 1835, and it’s vast collection includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, goldworks, furniture… ranging from the Gothic and Medieval until early 20th century. It contains the best works from all classic Sevillian painters, specially from the 17th century. The Museum is organised around different courtyards, multiple exhibition rooms and a large stairway. The building is one of the finest examples of classical Andalusian Mannerism. Our favourite Fine Arts Museum highlights are the Spanish Baroque paintings and sculptures, and the 17th and 18th century Sevillian paintings. It collection includes some of the best works from Zurbarán, Murillo and Juan de Valdés Leal. Among Murillo’s highlights is La Servilleta, a Virgin and Child (1665–8), which may be seen in the restored convent church and it is said to be painted on a napkin (servilleta). Also remarkable are the huge religious paintings by Zurbarán.