Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Alex Gordon Lecture in the History of Art: "Paintings Made in Friendship: Murillo and Justino de Neve," by Gabriele Finaldi, National Gallery, London
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.
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.
Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection, provides an introduction to the current exhibition, Murillo: The Self-Portraits, on view at the Frick Collection from November 1, 2017 through February 4, 2018.
The Frick Collection’s masterpiece by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, generously given by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II in 2014, is one of only two known self-portraits by the Spanish artist. Salomon explores the fascinating history of the painting, relating it to Murillo’s other portraits and to his career.