Murillo: The Self Portraits

National Gallery

28 February – 21 May 2018

A rare opportunity to see together the two known self-portraits of one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden Age.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Self-Portrait, about 1650-5

Best known for his religious paintings and depictions of street children, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was also a skilled portraitist. To mark the 400th anniversary of his birth, his two self portraits are reunited for the first time in over three centuries.

The first, of the artist in his 30s, comes from the Frick Collection in New York and joins the second, finished around 20 years later when Murillo was at the height of his fame.

The latter remains one of the most inventive and significant self portraits of the era. The paintings were popular at the time and two later reproductions are also on display alongside several other portraits by Murillo.

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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