Of course there are other sights to see and things to do in Seville other than the Alcazar! Along with enjoying walking in the sunshine, I visited a few museums that had gold-related objects, and other art, that I thought were interesting enough to share.
Museo Arqueologico de Sevilla
In the Maria Luisa Park is a collection mainly of prehistoric and Roman objects and statues, including some mosaics from the nearby Italica Roman settlement in the process of archeological escavation.
I was having a bit of an attraction to repetition this day (photography without flash permitted by museum)
However it is mostly known for the (replicas of the) Carambolo Treasure of Tartessian (southern Iberia) gold jewellery, excavated in the region in 1958. I had a bit of trouble finding an image of the treasure, but see here for the best I could find. Unfortunately, it turns out that the entire treasure had been lent to the Museo de Georgia as of the 5th May – I was only a few days out! I can’t claim to be too upset though really, as I hadn’t known it was even there until I read the brochure that morning…
One interesting goldsmithing group in the other parts of the collection (not part of the treasure) were those in the below image – the ‘bezel’ setting is pretty rudimentary and I wonder if ‘chemical bonding’ (what we used to call ‘glue’) has been used?
(photography without flash permitted by museum)
Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares
The Museum of Popular Arts & Culture is across the road in the park from the archeological museum, in a most magnificent building.
There were some interesting lace and embroidery examples, and in the lower ground floor were various setup ‘workshops’ of traditional crafts, like leatherwork, blacksmithing, tile painting, and goldsmithing (below).
"Taller de Obfebre" (photography without flash permitted by museum)
That’s some large piece of embossing / chasing / repousse – can anyone tell me which it actually is? (the metal is worked from the ‘front face’ and is sitting in red wax)
Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla
I was disappointed that it seemed like quite a portion of this collection was closed when I visited – it looked like the building was being renovated. After quite a bit of the heavy-style Spanish painting I enjoyed the early 20th century pieces here, though didn’t spend long here.
Bellas Artes; courtyard
… Last post on Seville tomorrow.