Fundación Focus



The Focus Foundation opens its doors for Andalusia Day with programmed activities dedicated to Murillo


  • A shortened version of the special documentary Murillo. El último viaje (Murillo. The Last Journey) will be shown inside the Church of the Venerables which includes scenes that were filmed in the Venerables itself.
  • Areas which are normally closed to the general public, such as the Altana-lookout, which offers views of the Giralda, and the Baroque Library will remain open.  
  • The building is also one of the Itineraries of Murillo and visitors can see the Penitent Saint Peter and Saint Catalina, as well as three reproductions of the artist’s works

Seville, February 27, 2018- The Focus Foundation will celebrate Andalusia Day on February 28, by offering Seville a full program of activities which are centered on Murillo. The Hospital of the Venerables, home to the Focus Foundation will open its doors to the public from 10 am to 2 pm and welcome lovers of Baroque Sevillian culture who wish to enjoy Andalusia’s big day with one of the greatest ambassadors of 17th century Sevillian painting, namely Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

The Church of the Hospital of the Venerables, which holds a rich iconographic program at the hands of Valdés Leal and his son Lucas Valdés, and which nowadays is used as   a musical auditorium with its Grenzing organ (1991), will set the stage for the screening of the documentary; Murillo. El último viaje (Murillo. The Last Journey). This will be a special shortened version showing the best parts which were filmed inside the Hospital of the Venerables during the Velázquez. Murillo. Sevilla Exhibition (November 2016 to April 2017), which was organized by the Focus Foundation to mark the 400th anniversary of the artist’s birth. The film, which was directed by José Manuel Gómez Vidal and produced by Bernabé Rico, recently premiered at Seville’s 2017 European Film Festival, and its complete version can currently be seen in cinemas all over Spain.

Over the years, Murillo’s paintings acquired a high market value and became highly coveted authentic symbols of power by top political leaders. Many of them were forced to take a trip through time as they were looted and then recovered, and this is the thread that runs through the documentary. The young beggar, which belongs to the Louvre in Paris, is an example of this. The film recreates this famous picture’s exciting trip through time from when it was conceived in Seville, right up to when it was returned to Murillo’s home city, in the Velázquez. Murillo. Sevilla Exhibition.

Night visits

The day’s programme will end with a night visit at 7 pm, in which visitors will discover the building’s great treasures inside the Hospital of the Venerables- as well as its history- by candlelight - among the shadows and the darkness of the past. The history of this 17th century building is made up of illustrious characters such as Elvira de Ayala, who lends her name to the Comedy Theatre located in the heart of Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Countess of Gelves, who signed over the land for the Hospital of the Venerables to be built, or Justino de Neve, cannon and patron of Murillo, who promoted the construction work and artistic decoration of the Church of the Venerables.

Itinerary Following Murillo’s Footsteps

The Venerables is one of the 18 venues that make up the cultural and tourist itineraries organized by Seville Town Hall to celebrate the Year of Murillo in the city. For this reason, this coming Andalusia Day, the Velázquez Centre Permanent Collection can be visited, which is home to two of Murillo’s original works: The Penitent Saint Peter of the Venerables (Focus Foundation) and Saint Catalina (Focus Foundation), in addition to three reproductions made to their original size of paintings which were looted by Mariscal Soult: Immaculate Conception of the Venerables (Prado National Museum), Portrait of Don Justino de Neve (The London National Gallery), and Virgin and Child handing bread to priests (Szépmùvészeti Múseum), which can be viewed in the lovely main patio at the Venerables.   

Furthermore, parts of the building that are normally closed to the general public will remain open for this extraordinary cultural visit. This will include the Altana-lookout point, which offers a magnificent view of the Giralda and the belfry of the Church of the Venerables, as well as the Baroque Library which is home to a Baroque bibliographic fund in its different artistic and cultural facets. The Room of Engravings will also remain open which contains urban images of Seville, all of which is a result of more than three decades of relentless work on the part of the Focus Foundation.

To visit the Hospital of the Venerables you can purchase your tickets:


Hospital of the Venerables ticket office: Plaza de los Venerables, number 8.

To attend the Night Visit you can purchase your tickets:


Telephone: 954 04 38 51 and 675 68 22 12

Engranajes Culturales ticket office: C/Habana 17 left. (Casa de la Moneda, Seville) Monday – Friday from 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 of the Venerable Priests, 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 of the 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 of the Venerables, and coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé E. Murillo, the Hospital of the 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 the Venerables made up the musical framework entitled; Tribute to Murillo: Homage to a universal painter.  

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