The Museum of Fine Arts of Cordoba offers some of the most emblematic works of art history of our country. Bartolomé Bermejo, Luis de Morales, Valdés Leal, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Antonio del Castillo and the Cordovan sculptor Mateo Inurria are just some of the iconic artists whose work you can enjoy in this temple of art. Throughout its rooms you will find representatives of the Golden Age or Mannerism. Contemporary art also takes place in this monumental plateresque art building, formerly the Caridad Hospital.
In short, the Museum of Fine Arts of Cordoba and the Julio de Torres Museum are an essential stop on the way if you visit Cordoba. Whether you love art or not, its rooms will not leave you indifferent.
Located in the historic Plaza del Potro square, the building occupies the old outbuildings of the old Caridad Hospital, where you can also find the Julio Romero Otero Museum in honor of the famous painter. Originally of Plateresque style, it underwent remodeling until 1936 when it adopted its current form following the guidelines of the Renaissance style. Not only its rooms with their pieces are worth a visit, you also can access an interior courtyard in the purest Cordovan style, where the orange trees and the baroque staircase make up a beautiful picture.
Its walls host works by Italian Renaissance masters; however, it is mainly focused on the Baroque and the 19th century. The collection includes works by some of the most famous local artists, be they earlier in time or contemporary.
Room I / Baroque Art in Cordoba. It shows the work of painters from Cordoba and those living in the city of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Among the authors, Zambrano, Cristóbal de Vela Cobo and Juan de Valdés, Antonio del Castillo and Juan de Mesa stand out.
Room II / 18th and 19th century Cordovan Art. The work of Bujalance, Antonio Palomino or Pedro Duque Cornejo is hanging on its walls. From the nineteenth century we highlight the work of Julio Romero de Torres.
Room III/ 20th century Cordovan Art. The wonderful work of the famous Mateo Inurria Lainosa is in this room along with various pieces by Rafael Botí, Manuel Garnelo or Equipo 57.
Room IV / Drawings and Prints. The work on paper is also protagonist in the museum, where this collection is a treasure with works by Antonio del Castillo or Pedro de Campaña.
Room V / Medieval and Renaissance Art. The room includes works from the ‘Primitive School of Cordoba’ and fragments of mural paintings such as a Christ and a Virgin rescued from the main chapel of the Cathedral of Cordoba.
Room VI / Mannerist Cordovan Art. Among the famous works of Mannerism in Cordoba highlights especially the Assumption of the Virgin, by Juan de Peñalosa.
– Immaculate Conception (1650)
Juan Antonio de Frías and Escalante. Oil on canvas 210×175 cm
– Calvary of the Inquisition (1667)
Antonio del Castillo Saavedra. Oil on canvas 275×275 cm
Practical information. The museum is located in the Plaza del Potro square, where, besides enjoying the museum, you can get to know the surrounding area and take a walk along the wonderful views of the Paseo de la Ribera on the banks of the Guadalquivir.