Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored

Oil painting of group of people watching man depart on horseback
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), The Departure of the Prodigal Son, 1660s. Photo © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

29 February 2020 – 10 January 2021
Hugh Lane Room (Room 31) | Free entry

For the first time in decades, visitors could see this series of works by one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden Age, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682) hanging side by side in the National Gallery of Ireland. Six remarkable paintings depicting the parable of the Prodigal Son have been conserved and researched at the National Gallery of Ireland. Fascinating details uncovered during the conservation project and a number of related prints were displayed alongside the series, revealing the secrets of the artistic process of this master storyteller.

Generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation

Curators| Muirne Lydon and Dr Aoife Brady


Virtual exhibition

Use your cursor to navigate around the exhibition in the window below. Click on any of the paintings to bring up the labels and text panels and read about them in more detail.


These short videos go behind the scenes and reveal the research and conservation work carried out on this series of paintings by Murillo.

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