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The Prodigal Son taking leave of his Home
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
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Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Sevilla, 1617 - Sevilla, 1682

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The Prodigal Son taking leave of his Home

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.

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Technical data

Inventory number
P000998
Author
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
Title
The Prodigal Son taking leave of his Home
Date
1660 - 1665
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 27 cm; Width: 34 cm
Series
Parábola del hijo pródigo
Provenance
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. nº263.

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

Mena, Manuela, 'El hijo pródigo abandona el hogar paterno' En:, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: (1617-1682)., Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes., Madrid, 1982, pp. 208 nº 54.

Mena, M, 'The prodigal son leaving his father’s house' En:, Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), Royal Academy of Arts, Londres, 1982, pp. 123, 185 nº 54.

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.

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

Moreno Mendoza, Arsenio, Da Velazquez a Murillo.Il Siglo de Oro in Andalusia, Electa, Milán, 1993.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Murillo: catálogo razonado de pinturas, El Viso, 2010, pp. nº119 p.347.

Brown, Jonathan, Murillo. Virtuoso draftsman, Yale University Press, 2012, pp. 283.

Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 297.

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 departure of the prodigal son. (National Gallery of Ireland)' En:, Murillo: Picturing the Prodigal Son, Meadows Museum,, Dallas, 2022, pp. 88-91 f.41.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 212.
Murillo. / 212. El hijo prodigo. / Abandonando la casa paterna. / Alto 11 pulg, 6 lin; ancho 1 pie, 2 pulg, 8 lin.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 212.

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. 883.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 998.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 998.

Inscriptions +

212.
Inscribed in gray. Front, lower left corner

312.
Inscribed in white. Front, lower right corner

[Logotipo] SIT TRANSPORTES INTERNACIONALES S.A. / MADRID […] / Nº OBRA. 4 / AUTOR- MURILLO Nº CAJA. 3 / TITULO – LA DESPEDIDA DEL HIJO PRODIGO / EXPOSICION – ARTE E VITA NELL` ANDALUSIA / RESTADOR – MUSEO DEL PRADO
Inscribed in golden colour. Back, upper right corner

B 65 [dos veces, otra en la parte superior derecha]
Inscribed with chalk. Back, Upper central area

B65
Inscribed. Back, Upper right area

M. N. PRADO / 00998
On metallic tablet. Back, Upper right area

M. N. PRADO / M 00375
Inscribed in golden colour. Back, lower left area

Exhibitions +

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

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
Madrid
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Arte e vita in Andalusia nel seicento
Venecia
28.03.1993 - 27.06.1993

Location +

Room 017 (On Display)

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

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