Fundación Focus-Abengoa
<em>Velázquez Centre</em>

Velázquez Centre

Focus Foundation

Velázquez Centre

The Diego Velázquez Research Centre is part of the Focus Foundation.  It was created in 2007 to mark the acquisition of Velázquez’ Santa Rufina painting and to address the need for a space in which to research, disseminate and discuss the earlier and later works created by this maestro painter from Seville, whose paintings and legacy in the city until that point, had been insufficient. 

The purpose of this centre is to recreate the historic and artistic world of Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), from his earliest years until his arrival at the Spanish Royal Court in 1623, demonstrating the revolution that he unleashed in the history of painting in Seville. The centre helps to teach people about the value of the heritage of one of the most artistically-exciting periods in Seville, at a time when Andalusia was somewhere that the whole of Europe looked to.

At that time, the city had become the gateway to the New World and a nexus for business and commerce in Europe. Seville attracted tradesmen, adventurers and people who came to seek their fortune, which in turn brought bankers and merchants. The Guadalquivir river became the focus of their dreams, and its waters the pathway for their merchandise. This hotbed of activity meant that a great deal of cultural items and works of art passed through Seville in the first third of the 17th Century. Some of the paintings stayed in the city, stimulating and inspiring many artists who saw in them the reflection and spread of the artistic progress made in other leading European cities such as Antwerp and Rome.

Anonymous

View of Sevilla,

c. 1660

Pedro de Campaña

Cristo atado a la columna

1546

Francisco de Herrera the Elder

The Immaculate with St Joachim and St Anne,

c. 1635

Francisco Varela

Portrait of Juan Martínez Montañés,

1616

Juan Martínez Montañés

St John the Baptist,

1623-1624

Juan Martínez Montañés

The Immaculate,

1623-1624

Diego Velázquez

The Immaculate Conception,

c. 1618

Diego Velázquez

St Ildefonso Receiving the chasuble from the Virgin,

1622-1623

Francisco Pacheco

St Catherine,

1608

Francisco Pacheco

St Agnes,

1608

Diego Velázquez

St Rufina,

1629-1632

Bartolomé E. Murillo

St Catherine,

c. 1650

Bartolomeo Cavarozzi

Holy family,

c. 1620

Francisco de Zurbarán

Friar Peter of Oña,

c. 1629

Francisco de Zurbarán

The Immaculate,

c. 1650

Bartolomé E. Murillo

The Penitent Saint Peter,

c. 1675

Educational and cultural activities