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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published February 10th 2013
Current exhibitions & permanent displays
Bartolomé Esteban murillo
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Self Portrait, 1670-3

The 17th century Spanish artist, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was a Baroque painter most famous for his religious themed work, and his portraits of women and children. As a realist painter, his work provides us with a sense of what everyday life in Spain was like at the time. Murillo's use of warm and delicate colours create a subtle, hazy effect, which imbue spectators with spiritual calm and wonder. His influence carried on into the 18th & 19th century, but by the 20th century, interest in his work began to decline. Recent efforts by museums and scholars, however, now means he is making a come back, and there are a number of galleries you can visit to admire his work.

The National Art Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

The National Art Gallery has ten of his works on permanent display. These include one of his many depictions St. John as a child, The Infant Saint John with the Lamb (1660-1665), Murillo's depiction of John 5 from the New Testament, Christ healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda (1667-1670), and a portrait of A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill (1670-1680).

The Wallace Collection
Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

Murillo at the Wallace Collection: Painting of the Spanish Golden Age is on exhibit until 12th May. It houses eight of Murillo's masterpieces and several other works by his associates. On display, you will see the works purchased by the 4th Marquess, all of which were on religious subjects, such as The Marriage of the Virgin (1660-1670).

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Road, Dulwich, London, SE21 7AD

Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship is recently opened on the 6th February and will continue until the 19th May. The exhibition focusses on the relationship between Murillo and his friend & patron, Justino de Neve. There are over thirty paintings, including a portrait of de Neve, and the paintings he commissioned. The first room in the exhibit has been transformed to look like a 17th century Seville church, with The Immaculate Conception of the Venerables Sacerdotes forming the high altarpiece.

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Why? Fun for art lovers
Where: National Gallery, wallace collection, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Cost: Free
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