In the Studio with Murillo

Evening lectures by distinguished guest speakers, held throughout the year, address a range of topics relating to the appreciation and interpretation of art. They are free and open to the public.

Claire Barry, director of conservation emerita, Kimbell Art Museum

Murillo’s technical virtuosity secured his fame during his lifetime and influenced future generations of painters even beyond Spain. Some of the artist’s most important paintings, however, have been misunderstood because of changes due to time and misdirected conservation treatment. This lecture will explore how discoveries made through conservation examination and treatment have shed new light on the artist’s original intentions. Murillo’s use of a variety of painting supports, including copper, stone, and canvas, his experimentation with scale, and his handling of light will be discussed. The talk will also closely examine how the artist honed his techniques to create devotional and secular paintings.