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Exhibitions

Preview: "Murillo’s The Prodigal Son and the art of narrative in Andalusian Baroque painting"

This exhibition aims to foster the knowledge and further study of a typology of works made by some of the most relevant Baroque painters in Andalusia: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Antonio del Castillo, Juan Valdés Leal and Alonso Cano. This type of paintings, made in Andalusia during the central decades of the seventeenth century, were representative of the high level of creativity achieved by the most important painters, as well as of the expectations and taste of some of their most active patrons. These are works organized in series, usually of medium size, for private patrons for domestic interiors and chapels. They present a biblical or hagiographical “story”, either the life—more or less complete—of a character, or episodes of a biographical event, which allows to appreciate not only the compositional resources of their authors, but also their ability as narrators of serial episodes.

The content of these series and how their stories unfold are often a reflection of the world of their patrons, their codes and aspirations, and give us an opportunity to glance into their material culture.

This exhibition is possible thanks to the indispensable collaboration of the National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin), as well as the support of other institutions such as the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla and the Biblioteca Nacional de España.

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