Murillo’s works on display in Bilbao

10th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

Bilbao’s Museum of Fine plays hosts to 50 works by first Spanish famous painter.

The exhibition at Bilbao’s Museum of Fine Arts presents Bartolome Murillo, the first Spanish painter to achieve renown throughout Europe.

The artist, who was born in 1617 and died in 1682 in Seville, was famous for his religious paintings that emphasised on the peaceful, joyous aspects of spiritual life.

The exhibition, entitled The Young Murillo, includes 50 works of his created in his younger days. The works were created in a crucial period in the artist's career, as he expressed a preference for tenebrism and naturalism and experimented with light on his close observation of his subject.

Murillo's works are usually displayed in Bilbao and Seville Fine Arts Museums. Some of the more known works from Bilbao are Saint Peter in Tears (c.1650-55) and St Lesmes (c. 1655) from, while art lovers can appreciate the beauty of St Francis (c.1645-50) and San Jerome (c. 1665-75) in Seville.

His influence can be seen in the paintings of Sir Joshua Reynolds and John Constable, who painted during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Young Murillo
Date: Till 17 January 2010
Price: EUR 5.50 or EUR 4 for concessions
Opening Time: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00
Closed on 25 December, 1 and 6 January
24 and 31 December, 10:00 to 14:00
Address: Museo Plaza 2, 48011 Bilbao, Spain

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