Sunday, 27 January 2013

Murillo in Dulwich

By now the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London should have transformed its enfilade to evoke a Sevillian church for its exhibition Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship, which opens on 6 February. Admission prices are stiff: adults £11, silver surfers £9; but this is a one-off exhibition of paintings by one of the world's greatest artists. Above is Murillo's The Infant Christ Distributing Bread to Pilgrims (1679) on loan from Szépmuvészeti Museum in Budapest. Smart kid, dishing out bread while still in his nappies! Note the anachronistic bagel. The first mention of bagels appears to be in the city of Kraków in 1610 (CLICK). Bit early for the Christ child. Murillo slipped up on his bagel, but what a painting!


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