The Prodigal Son


On View: “Murillo: Picturing the Prodigal Son”
The Meadows Museum
Dallas, Texas
through June 12, 2022

The Prodigal Son Among the Swine
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), “The Prodigal Son Among the Swine,” 1656–65, oil on canvas, 63 5/8 x 41 1/8 in., Hispanic Society of America, New York, LA1791

The Meadows Museum is home to America’s largest collection of paintings by the 17th-century Spanish master Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, and thus a logical home for the exhibition “Murillo: Picturing the Prodigal Son.”

The artist depicted six episodes from this famous biblical parable, all now in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland and recently conserved.

Making their first and only visit to the U.S. this season, they are accompanied by relevant works from the Meadows’s rich collection and important loans from other institutions.

Having already been shown at Madrid’s Museo Nacional del Prado, the exhibition was organized at the Meadows by curator Amanda W. Dotseth, who became its interim director last year after the untimely death of its longtime director Mark A. Roglán, who had instigated the project.

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