Visita Los Venerables



The Hospital de los Venerables, home of the Focus Foundation, is one of the attractions to visit on the Year of Murillo Itineraries


  • Saint Catherine and The Penitent Saint Peter of the Venerables are the two works by Murillo that can be viewed in the Hospital de los Venerables, together with the reproductions of The Immaculate Conception of the Venerables, The Virgin and Child handing bread to priests and The Portrait of Don Justino de Neve.
  • The Hospital will offer dramatized visits to promote the artist Murillo over several weekends in December, January and February.

Seville, December 7, 2017. The Hospital de los Venerables- headquarters of the Focus Foundation- is one of the 18 venues which make up the cultural and tourist itineraries organized to mark the 400th anniversary of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s birth in Seville, his hometown.

The Hospital de los Venerables will exhibit two original works of this wonderful artist to the public namely, Saint Catherine and The Penitent Saint Peter of the Venerables, both rescued by the Focus Foundation after they were looted at the hands of Mariscal Soult during the Napoleonic invasion. In addition, reproductions of The Immaculate Conception of the Venerables, The Virgin and Child handing bread to priests and The Portrait of Don Justino de Neve can also be viewed.

The Year of Murillo itineraries will offer the visiting public the chance to enjoy 60 original works and more than 100 reproductions, all of which is an idea of Enrique Valdivieso, Professor of Art History at the University of Seville and curator of the Year of Murillo, promoted by the Seville City Hall in its joint offer with regard to this occasion.   

In anticipation of the 400th anniversary of Murillo’s birth, the Focus Foundation held the Velázquez.Murillo.Sevilla exhibition between November 2015 and April 2016. Enjoyed by more than 120,000 visitors, this display became the most successful exhibition in the history of the Focus Foundation breaking all the attendance records and expectations with regard to participation. Today, the documentary Murillo. El Último Viaje (Murillo. The Last Journey,) which was directed by José Manuel Gómez Vidal, produced by Bernabé Rico and recently premiered, has to a certain extent contributed to allowing the Focus Foundation’s most well-known exhibition to live on in the current scenario of the Year of Murillo.

Furthermore, the Focus Foundation, in collaboration with Engranajes Culturales, will be organizing dramatized visits at the Hospital de los Venerables, in which visitors will have the chance to get to know the 17th century Baroque building with the help of some of the characters who, at some point in history, passed through it, from Murillo himself to Marshal Soult or the elderly priests after which the Hospital is named. These visits will be held on several weekends in December, January and February.

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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