Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored

Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored

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This volume has been publishedto celebrate the recent and extensive conservation of the National Gallery ofIreland’s Prodigal Son series, a cycle of six paintings by masterstoryteller of the Spanish Golden Age, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Recountingthe life story of these six remarkable canvases from their creation in the1660s to the present day, the book describes their astounding journey througheminent Spanish collections, a royal household, and into the hands of theVatican, before making their way to Russborough, County Wicklow, and finally tothe National Gallery of Ireland in 1987.

The volume is rich with full-colourimages by NGI photographer Roy Hewson who documented the dramatictransformation of the paintings during the conservation project, andaccompanied by essays by Aoife Brady and Muirne Lydon, as well as detailedentries and technical notes on each painting.


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