These 15th and 16th-century mosaics of azuelejos line the entranceway, patios and courtyards at Museo de Bellas Artes in Sevilla. Tiles of more recent origin decorate many buildings in Sevilla and towns of Andalucia.
Techniques for making the glazed ceramic tiles were introduced to the region by the Moors. The word azuelo originates from the Arabic az-azulayj or "little stone." In Seville, the craft of producing azulejos thrived in the many potteries of Triana. A process refined in 16th-century Italy meant tiles could be painted in new designs and colours.
Religious images in tiles stem from the museum's convent origins.
Decorative tiles appear even in the floors of the museum's courtyards, patios and corridors. For 1920s tiles at the Plaza de Espana, go here.