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The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow 2018
"The Infant Christ as the Good Shepherd" c1665
CRE MURILLO, Bartolome Estevan, follower of; (Spanish; 1618-1682)
oil on canvas
62.3 x 76.7 (sight)
80.5 x 90.2
1.273 INIGUEZ, Diego Angulo 1981 Murillo, Espasa Calpe, Madrid 1981
Murillo's cabinet pictures, especially genre subjects, were highly prized in the 18th century when this painting was purchased by the founder, Dr. Hunter, and at £210 this work was Hunter's most expensive purchase of all. He chose a work of the most characteristic kind by which to represent Murillo, whose similar paintings of street boys were the most desirable to collectors. Robert Strange - who sold this work to Hunter - engraved it in 1791 after Hunter's death, clearly regarding it as among the most important paintings that had passed through his own collection.
This painting is now considered as the work of an unknown pupil of Murillo, working in the master's style. In Glasgow from 1807, the painting continued to have the desired effect on visitors, and for a long time it escaped comparison with autograph works by Murillo. Captain Laskey's General Account of the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow (1813) states that '£2,000 was offered for this picture prior to its leaving London'.
RELIGION : MALE : INFANT : CHRIST CHILD : THORN : SHEEP : GOOD SHEPHERD : PASSION INSTRUMENT : SPANISH SCHOOL : STRANGE : HUNTER 2007 :