Murillo Exhibition at the Prado

September 23 2021

Video: Museo del Prado

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museo del Prado in Madrid opened their latest exhibition this week entitled Murillo’s The Prodigal Son and the art of narrative in Andalusian Baroque painting. Notably, the exhibition includes recently conserved works on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

According to their website:

During the central decades of the 17th century a type of painting was produced in Andalusia that was notably representative of both the high levels achieved by the principal painters of the region and the expectations and tastes of one of the most active sectors of their clientele. These are works structured as series, most of medium size and commissioned by private individuals for domestic interiors or private oratories. They depict a “story” taken from the Bible or the hagiographies, either in the form of an individual’s life story recounted in greater or lesser detail, or the different stages within one biographical episode. The format allowed artists to display not only their use of compositional devices but also their skills as narrators of sequential episodes. 

The content of the series and the way the artists chose to depict the subjects often reflect the contemporary world of the individuals who commissioned them, their codes and aspirations, while also providing us with an insight into part of their material culture. 

With the aim of learning more about these works and structured around the series of six, recently restored canvases of Murillo’s “Prodigal Son” series, generously loaned by the National Gallery of Dublin, the exhibition includes the four paintings in the collection of the Prado associated with that series by Murillo; the “Story of Joseph” series by Antonio del Castillo, which has survived complete; and most of the paintings from the series on “The Life of Saint Ambrose” by Juan de Valdés Leal. A comparison between these works by three of the leading names in Andalusian Baroque painting reveals both affinities and differences with regard to technique, style and approach to narrative.

The show will run until 23rd January 2022.


It is a little obvious that the poor marketing department of the museum didn't have much money to spend on this video Still, it does the job I suppose!

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