The Meadows Museum presents "Murillo: Picturing the Prodigal Son" closing day
The Meadows Museum, SMU will present a major exhibition focusing on Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s series of six paintings illustrating the biblical parable of the prodigal son. On loan from the National Gallery of Ireland, the canvases will travel to the United States for the first time for "Murillo: Picturing the Prodigal Son."
Murillo’s Prodigal Son series is the only cycle by the artist that remains intact today; it will be joined at the Meadows by the two other finished paintings the artist dedicated to the subject. These include major loans from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Hispanic Society of America, New York. Additional works on paper from both of these institutions and from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, showcase other ways the prodigal son parable was visualized by Baroque artists in Europe, who likely influenced Murillo. Works from the Meadows’ own collection and the Kimbell Art Museum’s Four Figures on a Step round out the installation, which, in its first-ever exhibition at the Meadows, elucidates key themes in the artist’s oeuvre.