THE National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting the work of celebrated Spanish Golden Age artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, amongst the exhibition are the only two existing self portraits which will be shown together for the first time since they were documented in the 1709 inventory of his son Gaspar’s art collection. Painted 15-20 years apart, they depict Murillo at two distinctively different stages of his life, the portraits will be shown amongst a cluster of other works by Murillo. Murillo: The Self Portraits falls on the 400th year of his birth, a tribute to the artist’s prolific oeuvre.
Murillo, Self Portrait © The Frick Collection, New York
Murillo, Self-Portrait © The National Gallery, London
by Faye Leung
Murillo: The Self Portraits will run from February 28 – May 21, 2018 at The National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE