Fort Worth, TX
The special exhibition Murillo: From Heaven to Earth celebrates the genre paintings of one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden age: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682).
While Murillo is primarily known for his religious subject matter, some of his most iconic works depict secular themes. For the first time in modern history, ordinary people—beggars, street urchins, and flower girls—convey the cultural narratives and written tales of Murillo’s time.
Comprising approximately 50 works, the exhibition explores themes of youth and age, comedy, romance and seduction, faith and charity, landscape, portraiture, and modern realism.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Image credit: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Four Figures on a Step, c. 1655–60, oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum