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The Prodigal Son among the Pigs
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
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Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Sevilla, 1617 - Sevilla, 1682

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The Prodigal Son among the Pigs

1660 - 1665. Oil on canvas.
Room 017

Small canvas which represents an episode from the parable of the Prodigal Son. The six paintings that depict the parable, now in the National Gallery in Dublin, constituting one of the artist’s few narrative series intended for private use and the only one to have survived intact together to the present day. They are partly based on prints by Jacques Callot (1592-1635). Murillo makes full use of his narrative skills and his preference for scenes inspired by daily life. The sequential nature of the pictorial account, divided into episodes, obliged Murillo to make full use of all his narrativer resources, both in terms of composition and expression.

The existence of the four smaller canvases allows for an analysis of the painter’s creative process. The loan of Murillo’s series by the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin has made it possible to organise an exhibition, at the Museo del Prado in 2021, which relates them to the paintings in the Prado and obtain a better understanding of the artist’s approach to composition and narrative. In addition, the concept of “series” has been used to group together other works, the majority from the Museum’s own collection. These also recount “stories” divided into different episodes, were created for private use and are the work of other Andalusian artists working in the central decades of the 17th century.


Technical data

Inventory number
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Prodigal Son among the Pigs
1660 - 1665
Height: 27 cm; Width: 34 cm
Parábola del hijo pródigo
Royal Collection (Palacio Real, Madrid, pinturas almacenadas, 1814-1818, nº 312).

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Gaya Nuño, Juan Antonio, La obra pictórica completa de Murillo, Noguer, Barcelona, 1978, pp. nº268.

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Murillo, II, Espasa-Calpe, Madrid, 1981, pp. 27.

Mena, Manuela, 'El hijo pródigo apacienta los puercos' En:, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: (1617-1682)., Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 1982, pp. 210 nº 56.

Mena, M, 'The prodigal son feeding swine' En:, Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), Royal Academy of Arts, Londres, 1982, pp. 210 nº 56.

Gonzalez-Palacios, A., La Cultura Dell'Ignoranza, Umberto Allemandi & C., Turín, 1983, pp. lám.6.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 456.

Mulcahy, Rosemarie, Spanish Paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 1988, pp. 51,52.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Murillo Sombras de la Tierra, Luces del Cielo, Silex, Madrid, 1991, pp. 125.

Nancarrow Taggard, Mindy, Murillo's allegories of salvation and triumph: the parable o, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, 1992, pp. 61/ lám.26.

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Valdivieso, Enrique, Murillo: catálogo razonado de pinturas, El Viso, 2010, pp. nº125 p.350.

Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 299.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 33 n.131-n.134.

Brooke, Xanthe, From English gentleman to spanish hidalgo: Frank Hall Standish (1799-1840) and his spanish art collection, Boletín del Museo del Prado., XXXIV, 2016, pp. 50-63 [56].

Cenalmor, Elena, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Serie del hijo pródigo, En: El hijo pródigo de Murillo y el arte de narrar en el Barroco andaluz, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2021, pp. 99-129.

Portús Pérez, Javier, Ejemplo y recreo. Series pictóricas de uso privado en el Barroco andaluz, En: El hijo pródigo de Murillo y el arte de narrar en el Barroco andaluz, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2021, pp. 15-49.

Dotseth, Amanda W, 'Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. The prodigal son feeding swine. (National Gallery of Ireland)' En:, Murillo: Picturing the Prodigal Son, Meadows Museum,, Dallas, 2022, pp. 100-103 f.43.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 1000.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 1000.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 217.
Murillo. / 217. El hijo prodigo. / Arrodillado en el campo en medio de una piara de cerdos, llora sus pasados estravios implorando el perdón del todopoderoso. / Alto 11 pulg, 6 lin; ancho 1 pie, 2 pulg, 8 lin.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 217.

Inv. Fernando VII, Palacio Nuevo, 1814-1818. Núm. 312.
Pinturas Almacenadas [...] {22071-22074} 312 / Media vara de largo cuarta de alto, la historia del hijo Pródigo = Murillo

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 885.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in gray. Front, lower left corner

Inscribed in white. Front, lower right corner

Printed label. Back, Upper right area

Inscribed. Back, lower central area

Inscribed with chalk. Back, Upper right area

arriba [seguramente para indicar la posición del marco]
Inscribed. Back, upper left corner

B 65
Inscribed. Back, Upper right area

B 65 [dos veces]
Inscribed with chalk. Back, Upper central area

M. N. PRADO / M 00377
Inscribed in golden colour. Back, Upper left area

Exhibitions +

Murillo’s The Prodigal Son and the art of narrative in Andalusian Baroque painting
21.09.2021 - 23.01.2022

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Arte e vita in Andalusia nel seicento
28.03.1993 - 27.06.1993

Location +

Room 017 (On Display)


Displayed objects +


Update date: 24-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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