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Murillo: From Heaven to Earth
September 18, 2022–January 29, 2023
Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth, Texas

“Murillo: From Heaven to Earth” celebrates the genre paintings of one of the most renowned 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 Spanish art, 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.

This exhibition is organized by the Kimbell Art Museum. The curator for the exhibition is Guillaume Kientz, director of the Hispanic Society Museum and Library and former curator of European art at the Kimbell Art Museum.

[Image: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Saint Thomas of Villanueva Dividing His Clothes Among Beggar Boys c. 1667. Oil on canvas.
Cincinnati Art Museum, Bequest of Mary M. Emery, 1927.412]