Visita Los Venerables



The Focus Foundation celebrates Seville’s White Night for the fourth consecutive year


The Hospital de los Venerables will remain open from 8pm until midnight for the enjoyment of Seville’s residents and visitors to the city. The ticket office will remain open until 11:30pm. The program concludes with a guided micro-visit of the Velázquez Center dedicated to The Penitent Saint Peter of los Venerables, by Murillo.

Seville, 5 October, 2017. For the fourth consecutive year, the Focus Foundation will celebrate Seville’s White Night (‘Noche en Blanco’ in Spanish) which will take place tomorrow, Friday 6 October and has become a cultural showcase for the city.

The Hospital de los Venerables, Focus Foundation’s headquarters, will remain open from 8pm until midnight -tickets can be purchased until 11:30pm- in order to welcome visitors that wish to enjoy a visit to this 17th century historical building that is home to works of art from masters such as Velázquez, Murillo or Zurbarán, among other great artists.

To complete the programme, the Focus Foundation, in collaboration with Engranajes Culturales, will offer the chance to enjoy a guided micro-visit of the Velázquez Centre, a permanent collection dedicated to the research, dissemination and reflection on the background and consequences of the work of this great Sevillian painter. These guided visits will centre on Murillo’s painting, The Penitent Saint Peter of los Venerables, with an account of its history while focusing on its iconography. In addition, thanks to the photographs and bibliographical volumes from the Alfonso Pérez Sánchez Legacy, visitors will be able to learn about the journey of this painting until it vanished at the end of the 19th century. Finally, the painting’s plight that spanned 100 years will be revealed during which its whereabouts remained unknown until it was finally found and restored a year ago.

This is the fourth time that the Focus Foundation is involved in White Night, and registered an average of 1,000 visitors in earlier years. Tickets to visit the Hospital de los Venerables can be purchased for one euro at the Foundation’s ticket office, either in advance or on Friday until 11:30pm. Access into the building is through the main entrance in Plaza de los Venerables. 

According to the association that organizes White Night each year, ‘Sevilla se Mueve,’ the event has become a cultural window for the city. This year marks its sixth edition and more than 120 different institutions have signed up to offer more than 150 activities which will serve to fill the Sevillian night with culture. Last year’s White Night in the city received 80,000 visitors, some 15,000 higher than 2015.


Patio principal Hospital de los Venerables

Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus)

The Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus) was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos (Themes of Seville) and Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period.

This cultural activity inspired and promoted by Abengoa, is based on the support and a series of activities which is of great benefit to society. The Focus Foundation was born from this conviction at the start of the 80s.

1991 became a key year in the organization’s recent history as its location was moved to the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, a 17th century monument, owned by the  Archbishopric of Seville in addition to inaugurating the exceptional baroque organ. From this point onward, the institution has organized 34 plastic arts exhibitions- visited by over one million people, and has offered a musical program for the organ of international reference.

Since 2007 and following the acquisition of Velázquez’s Santa Rufina by the Foundation, the Hospital de los Venerables has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned artist. Attention to this crucial moment of the Golden Age is completed with the legacy of Professor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, received by the Foundation in 2011. Consisting of his library, photo library, archive and collection of artworks, its cataloging is enabling to create a library specializing in Baroque art and culture. This entire heritage is widely spread by Focus Educa, our area of education, by means of which we raise awareness and bring culture closer to society.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Focus Foundation at the Hospital de los Venerables, and coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé E. Murillo, the Hospital de Los Venerables hosted the Velázquez. Murillo. Sevilla Exhibition (2016-2017). This was a first rate cultural phenomenon that received more than 120,000 visitors, making it the most visited exhibition in the history of the Foundation. A series of organ recitals which were held in the Church of Los Venerables made up the musical framework entitled, Tribute to Murillo: Homage to a universal painter. 

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