Fundación Focus
Escuela de Barroco 2012

Escuela de Barroco 2012

November 10-12, 2014

School of the Baroque 2012

Objectives

Dovetailing with the exhibition entitled “Murillo and Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship”, which is on display at the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, the programme of the 2012 School of the Baroque will examine Sevillian society in the second half of the 17th century through the prism of art patronage. In the middle of that century, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) was the most famous painter in the city, while Justino de Neve (1625-1685) was the cultivated, dynamic canon at the metropolitan cathedral. Together they forged a professional relationship that soon turned into a true friendship. And from this friendship blossomed some of the most important works that Murillo painted in the 1660s and 1670s, when he had reached his peak as an artist.

At the intersection of the relationship between these two key figures in Seville’s Baroque culture, a certain way of understanding the society of the day takes shape: its artistic and religious sensibility in the expressions of public devotion and private piety, the dense and complex social fabric of a city whose view spanned both the Old and the New Continent, the relationship between political and religious institutions, the merger of family interests and commercial ties, and society’s obligations to care for the poor and needy. The figure that captures the interests and aspirations of this society is neither the king nor the Pope, but a celestial woman: the Immaculate Conception, whose image and iconography Murillo would define for all ages.

Art historians, architects and documentarists will participate in the School, as well as conservators and restorers from the Museo Nacional del Prado and experts in social history, literature and music. And by gathering together an outstanding group of works painted for the city, the exhibition manages to initiate the city into the very heart of Seville’s Baroque, while the School seeks to further explore the mechanisms, personalities and circumstances that gave rise to its brilliant merger of art, religiosity and culture.

Fotos de la escuela

Educational and cultural activities