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The Museum of Fine Arts was founded in the first half XIX century. It has the largest art collection in the city and one of the most important in Spain. The museum's collections contain over 2,000 works from the 16th to the 20th century. The brilliant paintings of Diego Velazquez and Joaquin Sorolla will delight not only art connoisseurs. The object's pride is a great collection of Gothic paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries.
Initially, the museum was part of the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In 1913 it became a separate institution. The beautiful, 18th-century palace of San Pio V became the new seat of the museum. The author of the elegant building was the famous Spanish architect of the Baroque era - Juan Pérez Castiel.
The initiative to establish the museum was to donate to the state rich church property. In addition to the fantastic collection of paintings, the object also has sections devoted to sculpture, contemporary art and archaeological excavations.