Murillo in Perspective

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, and timed to coincide with the end of the National Gallery’s exhibition of Murillo’s self-portraits, this symposium examines the legacy of one of Spain’s most celebrated painters. It is organised by ARTES – the Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group – in association with The Courtauld, the Spanish Embassy in London, the Instituto Cervantes and the Colnaghi Foundation. Attendees also have the opportunity to examine some of Murillo’s drawings in the collections of The Courtauld Gallery, and can enjoy a wine and tapas reception after the symposium, as well as a concert of music from Golden Age Spain in Kings College London, a short walk from The Courtauld (please note that separate booking is required for the concert, which is free).


13:00 – 14:30


Registration opens

Registration and opportunity to visit the drawings by Murillo and other Spanish masters in the Courtauld Prints and Drawings Study Room


14:30 Welcome


14:35 – 15:05 Manuela Mena Marqués, Senior Curator of 18th Century Painting and Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

“Murillo the Draughtsman”


15:05 – 15:35 Xanthe Brooke, Curator of Continental European Art, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

“Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory: The Afterlife of a Great Baroque Altarpiece”


15:35 – 16:05 Benito Navarette Prieto, Professor, History of Art at the University of Alcala and Director of the Department of History and Philosophy

“Empathy and Prestige: The Real Reasons for Collecting Murillo’s Work in the Seville of his Patrons”


16:05 – 16:35 Tea/coffee (served in the Lecture Theatre)


16:35 – 17:05 Laura Alba Carcelén, Conservation Scientist, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

“At Murillo´s Workshop: Pictorial Materials and Procedures”


17:05 – 17:35 Mairi Macdonald, Birkbeck College, University of London

“Murillo and Depictions of Poverty”


17:35 – 17:55 Discussion and close


18.00 – 19.00  Drinks reception and tapas


19:30 Invitation to attend a free concert of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque music organised by the Instituto Cervantes in Kings College Chapel (next door to the Courtauld). Book your place to the concert here


1:00pm, 15 May 2018

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London