The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, October 4, 2015

Detroit Institute of Arts discovers rare painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo at Meadow Brook Hall
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, ca. 1655–1670, oil on canvas, 85 x 72 cm. © Meadow Brook Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
DETROIT, MI.- A chance visit to Meadow Brook Hall by a curator from the Detroit Institute of Arts has led to the rediscovery of a significant work by a 17th-century Spanish artist and a unique learning opportunity for Oakland University (OU) art students.

Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA executive director of Collection Strategies and Information, and curator of European paintings, was at Meadow Brook Hall in February presenting a lecture when a painting in a dark corner of the room caught his eye; it turned out to be a work by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo entitled The Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness. Murillo, who was known for his genre scenes and religious works, created the painting around 1670.

“Murillo is considered one of the five pillars of Spanish Golden age art. He produced this sentimental masterpiece with his characteristic delicate and loose brushstrokes when he was at the height of his powers,” said Salort-Pons. “In Spain and other European countries, he became a famous artist among collectors who coveted paintings like the one. Murillo was, in fact, the first internationally known Spanish artist, and this Infant Saint John is one of the first Murillos to enter a U.S. collection. Its rediscovery was an unexpected and exciting turn of events during my visit to Meadow Brook.”

Because the painting belongs to the Meadow Brook collection, the DIA has entered into an agreement with OU to allow a group of undergraduate art history and studio art students to witness the conservation and technical and scientific analysis that DIA specialists are undertaking. The next conservation and study session will take place at the DIA on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m.

“In a series of sessions in our conservation lab, students will learn how we employ our sophisticated equipment and expertise to analyze, research and conserve a work of art before it will be exhibited in the galleries with all the honors,” said Salort-Pons. “This is a rare opportunity for them to see the DIA staff at work and to have at hand unique information produced only in the top museums in the world. We are looking forward to sharing the process and our expertise with them.”

Once the conservation treatment to the painting and frame is completed, the work will be on loan to the DIA for five years, beginning in February 2014, before returning to Meadow Brook Hall. The painting belonged in the 1600s to the Italian merchant Giovanni Bielato, who donated it to Capuchin Convent of Genova. During the 1800s, it was sold to the family of the Duke of Westminster in London and in 1926 entered the collection of Alfred G. Wilson, who kept it at Meadow Brook Hall. This Murillo was exhibited in the Royal Academy in London in 1883, and this will be the first time it will go on view in a U.S. museum.

Salort-Pons said the DIA owns two other painting by Murillo, The Flight into Egypt and the Immaculate Conception, which will be displayed together with Meadow Brook’s The Infant Saint John in the museum’s main European Paintings gallery.

Today's News

November 14, 2013

Andy Warhol's 'Silver Car Crash' fetches $105,445,000 smashing artist's sale record

Artist Ed Ruscha's archive acquired by Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas

'Pink Star' diamond auctioned by Sotheby's for $83 million; a world record for a gemstone

Cantor Arts Center and SFMOMA present "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art"

"Warts and All: The Portrait Miniatures of Samuel Cooper" opens at Philip Mould Gallery

Spencer Murphy wins National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Angela Merkel's spokesman says Germany to include Jewish group in hunt for Nazi-looted art

Nude paintings in German school censored out of deference to Muslim immigrants spark debate

Detroit Institute of Arts discovers rare painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo at Meadow Brook Hall

Rarest Leica Luxus and other classic cameras in the spotlight at Bonhams camera auction

Rare depiction of Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald for sale at Bonhams Edinburgh

Important exhibition of photographs by Graciela Iturbide opens at Throckmorton Fine Art

Frankfurt's Städel Museum receives donation from art book publisher Benedikt Taschen

Stan Musial continues to rewrite the record books in $7.7M Heritage Sports Auction

Toledo Museum of Art among first museums to collect Blenko glass

2010 BP Portrait Award winner David Eichenberg exhibits at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery

Art Gallery gifted major new contemporary work of art

'Lego' mural drives Malaysian authorities up a wall

Dahesh Museum of Art adds newly acquired painting into exhibition at Museum of Biblical Art

The National Trust brings the UK's 'Sistine Chapel' to London to commemorate the outbreak of WWI

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Archaeologists find skeletons of 200 Napoleonic troops buried in western Gemany

2.- Janis Joplin's Porsche 356C Cabriolet set for RM Sotheby's New York auction stage

3.- Landmark exhibition of Ai Weiwei's work opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

4.- The Broad opens with panoramic exhibition of masterworks from its collection

5.- Major Van Gogh landscape + radical Malevich masterpiece join Sotheby's NY sale

6.- Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier charged in France with stealing Picasso works of art

7.- Ambitious exhibition in Amsterdam brings together Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch

8.- Tourists fume as unions shut down Rome Colosseum

9.- Art stars Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei stage refugee solidarity walk in London

10.- Sotheby's celebrates 10 years of exhibitions of monumental sculpture at Chatsworth

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site