Murillo: The Self-Portraits

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Murillo: The Self-Portraits

Published December 13, 2017

One of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden Age, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo worked primarily in Seville, where he was born in December 1617, until his death in 1682. Well known for his religious paintings and his extraordinary depictions of street urchins, he was also an ingenious painter of portraits. This genre remains, however, the least studied aspect of his work. Inspired by the self-portraits in their holdings, New York’s Frick Collection and London’s National Gallery have co-organized a 2017–18 show that marks the 400th anniversary of this great artist’s birth. Murillo: The Self-Portraits is open at the Frick from November 1, 2017, through February 4, 2018.

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