The capital of the Andalusian region of Spain, Seville, is in the midst of celebrating the 400th anniversary of famous 17th century Baroque painter, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618 – 1682). The city celebrated 2017 as “the year of Murillo,” but many events and festivities continue into 2018.
Seville was one of the most important European cities in the 16th century, with riches pouring in from the New World. The best of the Renaissance was combined with Gothic and Mudéjar styles to create a unique vision. Murillo was a big part of this. Many of his works can be seen on the walls of some of the worlds’ top galleries, such as the Louvre in Paris, Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, and the Wallace Collection in London.
Murillo and Seville
Murillo is perhaps best known for his depictions of religious themes, and for his portraits of women and children. Several of his masterpieces, such as El Jubileo de la Porcíuncula, have been returned to Seville to be exhibited during this celebration. There are 8 exhibitions in total, along with various performances, and special tours. All highlight the importance of the Sevillian painter. You can even visit Murillo’s house in the heart of Barrio Santa Cruz.
This celebration is the ideal time to relieve the rich extravagance of baroque Seville. Seville is also set to host the 31st European Awards this year.
The ideal time to visit Seville, and to experience the best of the Murillo exhibits, is in spring. It is also the time when Seville hosts the two biggest Spanish festivals, Semana Santa, and Feria de Abril. However, this is also the time with the most visitors, and a consequent hike in prices. The summer season, with its oppressive heat should be avoided, but for cooler temperatures and cheaper prices, September and October are perfect.
Statue of Murillo, Murillo, Esteban ( 1618 – 1682 in Sevilla). Painter of baroque period. Seated at Museo de Bellas Artes. Made in 1871 by sculptor Sabino de Medina (1812–1888).