Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel

Located in the street Abades Real Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel of Hungary, is continuator of the Academy of Painting founded by Murillo and Francisco de Herrera the Younger in 1660 located initially in the building that is today the Archivo de Indias, also point important of the Route.

The owners of the building were the Genoese family of the Pinelo, inhabitants of Seville in the fifteenth century, and follows the model of house-palace of medieval origin later adding Renaissance details, initiator of the Sevillian manor house. The building passed through several hands until it was finally acquired by the Seville City Council in 1966.

The Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel will host exhibitions of documents and artistic and literary works, both original and reproductions, related to Murillo. Many of these documents from the Painting Academy founded by Murillo.

This building also shows us a space of the seventeenth century, a space where moved Murillo and the rest of contemporary artists.

The original works and reproductions that are exhibited in this space are:

The flight to Egypt (reproduction of the original)
It is believed that its origin was the Convent of the Barefoot Mercy of Seville.

Being in his early days and youth, shows his more naturalistic side. The Sagrada Familia is shown as a common peasant who travels, especially for the hat and purse of San José. The moment of tension shown by the saint will gradually disappear in his later paintings that deal with the same subject. Jesus appears represented with little time of life, smaller than usual that shows Murillo.
Attention to realism with which the Child and the donkey have been shown. The landscape of fog, and in calm, announces the one that would appear again in his future works. The earthy tones are those of its first stage.

The meeting between Jacob and Raquel next to a well (reproduction of the original)
Probably, it comes from the collection of the Marquis of Villamanrique, Seville.

This painting by Murillo tells the story of Jacob, in a wonderful landscape staging. Murillo draws the moment in which the patriarch, on the return of the long journey from Canaan to look for a wife, meets his beautiful cousin Raquel. Immediately he fell in love with her, and by his extraordinary strength he was able to open the well to drink the flocks of his cousin, and thus be well with her. The pictorial moment in Seville at that time, had no artists to show landscapes, so Murillo had to be inspired by flamenco models, which he had to know through the art market, prints and prints.

Jacob puts the rods on Laban’s cattle (reproduction of the original)

Murillo shows in this painting his skill in the landscape, with a country panorama in all its splendor. This background tells the scene of Jacob’s life, where his uncle Labán allowed him to take from his flock all the black or spotted specimens, as payment for his grazing services.

Laban looks for domestic idols in Rachel’s tent (reproduction of the original)

Another moment of Jacob’s life, which occurred during the return of Canaan, with his family and his flocks. His wife steals the idols from his father, Laban, at the same time Jacob’s uncle. His uncle accused him and searched him but his wife had hidden stolen idols in their clothes. The scene shows the skill of Murillo with a rich landscape background.

Virgin and Child, Saint Elizabeth and Saint John (reproduction of the original)

It shows a painting with prominence for Jesus, who accepts the cross-shaped staff that Juan Bautista gives him before the attentive look of the two mothers who, with their special looks, give a moment of transcendence. The lamb would mean an allegory or premonition of role as messiah, through his death on the cross. The painting has angels from which God the Father and the Holy Spirit emerge, thus forming a Trinity.
Murillo plays with colors, giving the characters in the sky lighter shades and human figures and animal shades darker and more sober.

La Sagrada Familia with San Juanito (reproduction of the original)

Murillo commonly painted the two cousins ​​Jesus and John the Baptist at different times of his life, showing in this painting the moment of the encounter of the flight from Egypt where the band was shown indicating that he would be the messiah. A background of fast-moving fog closes the scene.

The Holy Family (reproduction of the original)

This painting represents the two Trinities, the celestial one, formed by the Eternal Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus, and the earthly one, composed by the Holy Family. Jesus, is shown with a somewhat older age than usual in Murillo, and confirms a pyramidal structure.
The colors are treated with subtlety and shows a Jesus between the two worlds, the heavenly and the earthly. The spiritual part is shown on the face of the Child, crosses his gaze with that of God the Father.

Allegory of spring (reproduction of the original)

It is commonly called Girl with flowers, it could be a cycle of the four seasons mentioned in the collection of Justino de Neve. The young woman recreated by Murillo would represent spring, comparing youth with related elements such as flowers. On this occasion, Murillo tried to show the pure and immaterial beauty of the girl, away from the erotic canons of other authors.

Allegory of the summer (reproduction of the original)

Murillo represents in this case the Summer as a young man who, half-naked, as related objects shows a basket with bright summer fruits and his head is covered with a turban with two ears. The magnificent technical quality of the painting, shows a complex chromatism and the perfection of its anatomy, which shows the plethoric moment that corresponds to the summer period.