This is the second biggest art museum in Spain after the Museo del Prado in Madrid. It houses collections from many religious orders acquired during the sale of Church lands carried out in Spain in the first part of the nineteenth century. The museum is located in the former convent of La Merced, which has undergone major alterations in the course of the last two centuries. The main body of work is a collection of Baroque paintings from the seventeenth century. In the old convent church hang the main works of Francisco de Zurbaran and Bartolome Esteban Murillo. There is a single painting by Velazquez - a minor work from his youth - and several Valdes Leal canvases. Goya is represented by two works. The upper part of the museum is dedicated to the romantic and traditional painting of the nineteenth century.
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