The Fine Arts of Seville shows the splendor of Renaissance art

It reflects the artistic boom that the city experienced in the 16th century thanks to trade with America

The exhibition “Renaissance Art in Seville”, which can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville, until March 12, shows through 34 masterpieces of painting, sculpture and goldsmithing how it was reflected in the arts that the Andalusian capital was also the commercial capital of the world due to its connection with America.

The exhibition also reflects the influences of the Italian Renaissance and the masters of central Europe among the city’s artists and the permanent exchange of artists and works of art that the Andalusian capital maintained with other artistic centers, to the point that many of the artists who settled in Seville Spanishized the surnames with which they signed their works.

According to the organizers of “Renaissance Art in Seville”, the moment of economic and social boom that Seville experienced in the 16th century, with the growth of the city in terms of inhabitants and wealth, explains the artistic splendor that filled the city with masterpieces and a good part of the convents and churches of its province.

The Museo del Prado has lent for the exhibition the painting “The Flagellation” , dated between 1515 and 1520 and the work of Alejo Fernández, an artist from northern Europe who Spanishized his name when he settled in Seville and whose work reflects “an aftertaste of painting flamenco”, as explained by Ignacio Cano, one of the curators of the exhibition.“The Flagellation”

The director of the Fine Arts, Valme Muñoz, has ensured that the melting pot of styles that these works represent made possible the subsequent emergence of the so-called Sevillian School, as also demonstrated by the painting “Pentecost”, donated by the Burgos Cathedral, and works by Pedro de Campaña , another of the artists who, coming from Brussels, Spanishized his last name for his work in Seville. Both Muñoz and Cano have insisted that the artists who worked in Seville assumed the tendencies of the Italian Renaissance in a “personal way” in such a way that the Sevillian Renaissance had its particular characteristics, hence the selected pieces have been so much for their quality artistic as well as by the representativeness of those traits.

As a sample of the works that were directly commissioned outside of Seville -in this case it was brought from Antwerp- there is a polyptych made up of a total of eight paintings, due to the painter Jan Sanders van Hamessen and preserved in the Parish of San Vicente in Seville, which is now displayed together with a painting by Lucas Cranach and a sculpture by Torrigiano, among others from the Fine Arts collection. The exhibition also brings together some of the most valuable tiles of the time, a gilt earthenware plate and unique goldsmith pieces, such as a chiselled silver lectern from the Cathedral of Seville , the custody of the Parish of San Juan Bautista in the Seville town from Marchenaand the so-called Monstrance of Lora, which clearly reflects the confluence of styles of the Sevillian Renaissance, since it has a purely Gothic base and the rest of its forms are Renaissance.Fine Arts collection Seville

The Andalusian Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Arturo Bernal, highlighted in the presentation of the exhibition that it is not only about 34 masterpieces but also about creations that explain “the crossroads between the past, the present and the future that represented the Renaissance, which was also reflected in art with an amalgamation of influences that ended up giving personality to the stage itself”. The most curious piece in the exhibition, which is shown in a separate room of the Fine Arts suspended from the ceiling, is the ceiling itself, measuring nine by five meters, of one of the rooms in the palace of the poet Juan de Arguijo, with its original paintings. on canvas, recently restored, attributed to Alonso Vázquez, a man with a humanistic background who was inspired by Italian painting and for this occasion chose mythological scenes.

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