The Casa Natal Velázquez is presented in Fitur as the new cultural proposal of Seville
The future interpretation and dissemination center will recover the figure and work of the great artist for the capital of Seville
The International Tourism Fair (FITUR) held in Madrid from May 19 to 23 will host the presentation of the Casa Natal Velázquez, one of the novelties of the cultural proposal of the city of Seville in this edition of the great appointment with the tourism. The project, which aims to recover the figure and work of Velázquez for the city where it was born, aspires to become one of the great cultural attractions of the capital of Seville. The future interpretation and dissemination center of the Casa Natal Velázquez will have as its headquarters the only house that the painter lived in that is still standing today, as well as one of the few vestiges that can be followed in Seville of the popular architecture of the time.
Currently in the restoration phase, the house, located in the heart of Seville, will be the headquarters of a cultural project that aims to preserve the property, spread the life and work of the master of painting in the context of the city that saw it born and open to the public a space historically closed to citizens and visitors. The Velázquez Birthplace follows the model of the great European cities that have dedicated the spaces inhabited by their most illustrious children to the dissemination of their life and work.
The Casa Natal Velázquez proposal combines the development of a museum project that, through the use of state-of-the-art technology, will allow the visitor to get closer to some of its most emblematic paintings in a way that is not possible in museums, with an agenda vivid and unique culture in the city.
The space will offer the possibility of knowing the work of the Sevillian genius through the use of totally original elements. An example of this is the recreation of the prince’s living room, where it was painted and which is also reflected in the painting of ‘Las Meninas’, or the reconstruction of some of the rooms of what was his home with furniture and appliances from the time that they make up part of Velázquez’s aesthetic universe as reflected in works such as “El aguaador” or “Vieja friendo eggs”. A complete cultural agenda that will include artistic workshops or dramatized visits complete the proposal of what is called to become the great cultural center dedicated exclusively to the brilliant Sevillian painter.
New cultural landmark in Seville
The recovery of the birthplace and the figure of Velázquez will also mean the recovery of the most relevant artistic stage that the city of Seville has undoubtedly experienced in the first third of the seventeenth century. When the great names of the painting of all times emerge: Zurbarán, Alonso Cano and, above all, Diego Velázquez, the undisputed genius of universal painting, whose work is present in the most important art centers around the planet.
With the geographical proximity to other buildings of outstanding historical relevance in Seville, such as the Casa de Pilatos, the Palacio de Dueñas, the Bellver Collection museum in the Casa Fabiola and the house where the poet Luis Cernuda was born in Acetres Street, Velázquez’s Birthplace is fully integrated into the city’s cultural ecosystem and engages in dialogue with the reference centers of Baroque art in Seville.