The Fine Arts Museum of Valencia is the most important museum in the Region of Valencia. Since its opening in 1839 until now, almost two centuries have passed, in which it has witnessed numerous changes linked to the historical evolution of the city of Valencia.
Its artistic collections mainly consist of a large art gallery with works by Jacomart, Joan Reixach, Paolo of San Leocadio, Joan de Joanes, Francisco Ribalta, Jerónimo Jacinto de Espinosa, José de Ribera, Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Goya, Vicente López, Ignacio Pinazo, Joaquín Sorolla, Antonio Muñoz Degraín and Cecilio Pla. It also has a large collection of drawings and engravings, as well as sculptures, archaeological pieces, architectural fragments, photographs and decorative arts.
Furthermore, its collections include one of the most important sets of Gothic paintings in the country.
The origin of the museum is related to the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Arts, whose statutes were approved by King Charles III in 1768, as such they share their headquarters. The academy has a collection directly related to silk, such as the drawings and paintings of the School of Flowers and Ornaments created in the 18th century to promote the creation of designs for the production of silk fabrics.
Moreover, the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia also displays the clothing and decorative fabrics used throughout the centuries. This passage through the history of art also shows the different fashions and trends in silk, since many of the works illustrate examples of textile pieces and serve to document the fabric and demonstrate its representation in the history of art. This section is completed by the costumbrist painting, which shows many examples of traditional clothing.