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Murillo & Irish Botanical Art Exhibitions

Murillo & Irish Botanical art exhibitions to open at National Gallery of Ireland.

Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored

29 February – 30 August 2020

Room 31, National Gallery of Ireland

Admission free

Showcasing a magnificent series of fully conserved works by one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden Age, Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored opens at the National Gallery of Ireland on 29 February 2020. The free exhibition marks 30 years since Murillo’s series of paintings based on the parable of the Prodigal Son has been on display in the National Gallery of Ireland. This follows a fascinating conservation project undertaken by the Gallery.

Curators: Muirne Lydon, Paintings Conservator, and Dr Aoife Brady, Curator of Spanish & Italian Art, National Gallery of Ireland.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation

· Curators Muirne Lydon (Paintings Conservator) and Dr Aoife Brady (Curator of Spanish & Italian Art) are available for interview.

· The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue which chronicles the history of the paintings and the conservation project undertaken on the series in preparation for the forthcoming display.

· A series of themed events, including pop up talks, will support the exhibition. Details at

· The opening of the exhibition will be celebrated with a study day at the National Gallery of Ireland, which will include a host of international scholars presenting on the subject of Murillo. Details at

· Following the closure of the exhibition of the Prodigal Son series in Dublin, the paintings will travel on an international tour, to be displayed in a selection of institutions renowned for the strength of their collections of Spanish art.


Drawn from Nature: Irish Botanical Art

7 March – 21 June 2020

Print Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland

Admission free

Pioneering Irish artists are at the heart of the National Gallery of Ireland’s new free exhibition Drawn from Nature: Irish Botanical Art. From William Kilburn to Lady Edith Blake, the exhibition celebrates artists who made significant contributions to art, science, and our understanding of the natural world. Drawn from Nature features art spanning almost 300 years, from the 1720s to 2019, including one of the most eminent calico printers of the 18th century William Kilburn (1745-1818) and painter and geologist George Victor du Noyer (1817-1869). Contemporary artists include Mary Dillon, Shevaun Doherty, Deborah Lambkin, Siobhán M. Larkin, Margareta Pertl, Yanny Petters, Susan Sex, Jane Stark, Lynn Stringer and Holly Somerville.

Curators: Guest curator Patricia Butler, author of Irish Botanical Illustrators & Flower Painters, on which this exhibition is based, and Janet McLean, Curator of European Art 1850-1950, National Gallery of Ireland.