One of the most famous artists of the Spanish Golden Age, Bartolome Esteban Murillo is known for his religious paintings and extraordinary images of street children. He was also a brilliant portraitist, although this aspect of his work is less studied.
Exhibition"Murillo. Self-portraits » The National Gallery in London is timed to the 400th anniversary of the painter's birth. For the first time in 300 years, two well-known "Self-Portrait" of the artist are exhibited in one show - one written in 1650 - 1655, from the Frick Collection in New York, and another from the collection of the National Gallery, where he is 20 years older.
They are supplemented by approximately ten works, including other Murillo's paintings and later reproductions of two self-portraits that speak of his fame in Europe. The exhibition represents an excellent opportunity to see this leading figure in the Spanish art of the XVII century in a new light.