Fundación Focus



The Focus Foundation opens its doors to the youngest members of the household with its Murillo Workshop family visits


  • The whole family will be able to enjoy a tour of the Hospital de los Venerables  given by a very special guide -Murillo himself-  and then paint some of the same paintings by the artist from Seville, dressed up as one of the Baroque painters or one of the ‘meninas’ in the painter’s Workshop.  
  • Visitors will get the chance to see the Velázquez Centre, the church of the Venerables and the workshopr.

Seville, December 27, 2017. The Focus Foundation, in collaboration with Engranajes Culturales and within the framework of the Year of Murillo, has tailored a series of very special visits to the Hospital de los Venerables. These visits are designed to be enjoyed as a family and allow the oldest and the youngest members to take part. They aim to show everyone, not only the Hospital de los Venerables, but also the Baroque age and its art in general. And it will have a remarkable narrator: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, the great genius of universal painting.  

During the visit, the younger ones and their families will get to see the Hospital and then stop in the Velázquez Centre which is home to two of Murillo’s masterpieces: the penitent Saint Peter of the Venerables and Saint Catherine. The next stop will be the in the church of los Venerables, where visitors will be amazed to see the mural paintings by Juan Valdés and Lucas Valdés as well as its magnificent organ.   

And to conclude, everyone who comes will enjoy a painting session in the painter’s workshop. Here, the little ones can get to know the details of his painting, prepare egg pigments and paint their own picture dressed up as artists and ‘meninas.’ The most interesting feature of this cultural offer is the chance to get to know the Hospital de los Venerables- the headquarters of the Focus Foundation- by the very Sevillian master himself.    

Last of all, and still decked out in their costumes, the whole family will be able to pose in the “The Sevillian Baroque” photo-call, turning into the characters of some of the Sevillian painter’s most famous works. 

Family visit dates: December 28, 2017 and January 5, 2018.   

Time: Two visits, 11:00 and 12:30.

Where: Hospital de los Venerables, Plaza de los Venerables. 

Length: 75 minutes. 

Price: 8 euros. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult who will be charged. 



Telephone: 954 04 38 51.  675 68 22 12

At the Engranajes Culturales ticket office: C/Habana 17 Left Door. (Casa de la Moneda, Seville). Monday to Friday 10 am to 2 pm.

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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