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<em>View of Seville</em> (detail), 1573, Joris Hoefnagel. Royal Library of Brussels

View of Seville (detail), 1573, Joris Hoefnagel. Royal Library of Brussels

Bookcover Iconography of Seville, first volume from 1400 - 1650


The Focus Foundation began its publishing activity in 1972 with the first book promoted and published by Abengoa entitled, Temas Sevillanos: primera serie (Themes of Seville: first series) by Francisco Aguilar Piñal. By 1980 four more titles had been added – in 1973 a facsimile of Noticia artística de todos los edificios públicos de esta muy noble ciudad de Sevilla (Artistic article about all the public buildings in this very noble city of Seville), by Félix González de León (1844); followed by Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of Seville) by Antonio Sancho Corbacho in 1975; La Naturaleza en Sevilla (Nature in Seville) by Manuel Ferrand in 1977; and Sevilla oculta. Monasterios y conventos de clausura (Hidden Seville. Enclosed monasteries and convents), by various authors, published in 1980. In 1982 the Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla Foundation (Focus) was created, which took over the publishing activity that had been performed by Abengoa until that time.

Since then the Focus Foundation has continued the program of publications and now has a significant portfolio of titles, such as La Sevilla de los Montpensier (Seville of the Montpensier family) by Vicente Lleó Cañal, or La Torre del Oro y Sevilla (The Torre del Oro and Seville) by various authors, among others. There are also special editions, presented as institutional gifts by Abengoa at Christmas, and those that form part of the Focus-Abengoa Collection (1987), jointly published with the University of Seville, which include the annual prize for Best Doctoral Thesis on a Theme Related to Seville. These are in addition to publishing the Javier Benjumea Puigcerver Research Prize (2003), in collaboration with the University of Seville, and the Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez International Prize on Baroque Art (2010).  Temporary exhibitions have been held since 1991 and scientific catalogues are also published for each exhibition 

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