You can still see the strong influence of the Catholic Church everywhere in the countless religious paintings, mosiacs and motifs that are mounted not only outside churches but on building walls over street signs and on the front of people's houses. It even shows its influence in relatively modern street art, like this painting of a Semana Santa procession on the shutters of a shop.
It's interesting to see street artists take inspiration from the old with details of older architectural silhouettes worked into their paintings. I liked this refreshments kiosk with its trompe l'oeil wrought iron balustrades and dreamy depictions of the steeples and spires of the Sevillian skyline.
There is even what looks like ancient graffiti on the sides of churches. From far it looks like modern tagging but on closer inspection it looks rather a lot older.
Turn down a side street and you'll be surprised with something else, an old symbol masquerading as some kind of new statement by whoever thought to put it there.
Not all graffiti tries to rise to such lofty heights of course, some paintings remain cheerfully banal. I don't recall seeing much graffiti in Spain when I first starting visiting fifteen years ago. In the last five or so years there has been a noticeable explosion, perhaps related to the rise of unemployment and reduced prospects for the young here. Some of it is just the defacing of public and private property, but some of it can be fun, or thought provoking or even beautiful.
On some buildings you can find elaborate plaques celebrating artists of a bygone era. This one was dedicated to a singer of Spanish copla who was also an early Andalusian film star.
There is also a parade of animals to be found, old familiar friends, worked into sculpture old and new, mounted on doors and buildings.
As with many an old European city there are rich rewards to be had from looking up. One can appreciate the handiwork and vision of craftsmen and artists, from the traditional...
...to the truly avant guard.