Alex Gordon Lecture in the History of Art: "Paintings Made in Friendship: Murillo and Justino de Neve," by Gabriele Finaldi, National Gallery, London
In the 1660s, Murillo executed some of his finest work for Don Justino de Neve, a priest of Seville Cathedral. These included religious paintings, portraits, allegories and miniatures on copper, several of which have only recently been identified. The friendship of the two men also led to important commissions for the Cathedral and the Church of Santa Maria la Blanca, reflecting a shared passion for painting, religion, and for their native city of Seville.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Frick Collection has reunited for the first time the only two known self-portraits by the artist. This lecture provides an introduction to the special exhibition, focusing on these two rare paintings and their context.
Véronique Gerard Powell: “Murillo: The Shared Passion of Nineteenth-Century French and British Collectors”
Murillo was the most sought-after Spanish painter in Britain and France from about 1780 through the 1850s. This lecture explores how opportunities and the means of collecting differed in these countries, and the reasons for the sudden loss of interest in his work.