THE GENERAL ARCHIVE OF THE INDIES CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF MURILLO
Until January 13, 2019 and to celebrate the occasion of the Year of Murillo, it will be possible to admire in the General Archive of the Indies three Murillo paintings from the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid.
The works exhibited in the General Archive of the Indies are “The Resurrection of the Lord”, “Ecstasy of Saint Francis of Assisi” and a “Magdalena”. These last to works have been restored by the IPCE recently. “The Resurrecction of the Lord” will be restored once the Exhibition is over.
Since the end of 2017 and on the occasion of the fourth centenary of the birth of the great Sevillian painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, different exhibitions have been held in different locations of the city, related to the artist.
Link of the General Archive of the Indies.
Murillo and the General Archive of the Indies
The General Archive of the Indies is part of this series of exhibitions since Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, together with Francisco Herrera “The Younger”, Juan Valdés Leal and some other importan Sevillian artist of the time, founded in January 1660 in the Merchants Exchange Building in Seville, today the building of the General Archive of the Indies , a school for the teaching of the Fine Arts, origin of the current Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel de Hungria.
This Art Academy of Painting founded by Murillo was the firts academic corportation instituted in all of Spain and one of the first in Europe.
The main objective was the teaching of drawing and the habilitation of professional in the “Art of Painting” . In the rooms of the General Archive of the Indies that were enabled for the Academy, the paintes had the possibility of drawing from nature. The Academy remainde active for 14 years.
History of the General Archive of the Indies
The building of the General Archive of the Indies was built in the 16th century as a Merchants Exchange Building to centralize the business of the Merchants . From the end of the eighteenth century, once Seville has lost the Monopoly of Trade with America, the building of the Casa Lonja (Merchants Exchage) was transformed into the General Archive of the Indies, to guard all the documentation related to the Discovery and Colonization of the New World.
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