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image of The Return of the Prodigal Son Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (artist)
Spanish, 1617 - 1682
The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1667/1670
oil on canvas
overall: 236.3 x 261 cm (93 1/16 x 102 3/4 in.) framed: 262.9 x 286.4 x 8.6 cm (103 1/2 x 112 3/4 x 3 3/8 in.)
Gift of the Avalon Foundation
On View
From the Tour: Spanish Painting in the Seventeenth Century
Object 7 of 7

1787Ponz, Antonio. Viaje de España. 18 vols. Madrid, 1787-1794: 9:148.
1800Céan Bermúdez, Juan A. Diccionario histórico de los más ilustres profesores de las bellas artes en España. 6 vols. Madrid, 1800: 2:52.
1824Buchanan, William. Memoirs of Painting. London, 1824: 43-44.
1829Réveil, Etienne A. Musée de peinture et de sculpture. 16 vols. Paris, 1829-1834: 5:301.
1844Jameson, Anna B. Companion to the Most Celebrated Private Galleries of Art in London. London, 1844: 191.
1854Waagen, Gustav Friedrich. Treasures of Art in Great Britain: Being an Account of the Chief Collections of Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Illuminated Mss.. 3 vols. Translated by Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake. London, 1854: 2:67-68.
1883Curtis, Charles B. Velázquez and Murillo. New York and London, 1883: 116, 195.
1891Stirling-Maxwell, William. Annals of the Artists of Spain. 3 vols., London, 1848: 2:864; 3:1431 (also 1891 ed., 4 vols., London, 3:1028; 4:1622).
1892Justi, Carl. Murillo. Leipzig, 1892: 64, fig. 20.
1896Gómez Imaz, Manuel. Inventario de los cuadros sustraídos por el Gobierno intruso en Sevilla año de 1810. Seville, 1896: 38-41, 61.
1907Calvert, Albert F. Murillo: A Biography and Appreciation. London, 1907: 63, 167.
1913Mayer, August L. Murillo. Klassiker der Kunst, 22. Stuttgart and Berlin, 1913: 126, repro. (also 1923 ed., 12:131, repro.).
1923Montoto, Santiago. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Estudio biográfico-crítico. Seville, 1923: 97.
1951Dorival, Bernard. "Callot modèle de Murillo." Revue des Arts. 2 (1951): 94-101.
1952Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds., Great Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1952: 84, color repro.
1960Evans, Grose. Spanish Painting in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1960 (Booklet Number Ten in Ten Schools of Painting in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.): 32, color repro.
1963Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 309, repro.
1965Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 95.
1966Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds. A Pageant of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. 2 vols. New York, 1966: 1:212, color repro.
1968European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 84, repro.
1970Brown, Jonathan. "Hieroglyphs of Death and Salvation: The Decoration of the Church of the Hermandad de la Caridad, Seville." The Art Bulletin 52, no. 3 (September 1970): 265-277, fig. 5. (Reprinted in Images and Ideas in 17th Century Spanish Painting. Princeton, 1978: 128-146.)
1972Lipschutz, Ilse H. Spanish Painting and the French Romantics. Cambridge, Mass., 1972: 37.
1975European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 250, repro.
1978Gaya Nuño, Juan A. L'opera completa di Murillo. Milan, 1978: 109-110, color pl. 53, fig. 253.
1979Watson, Ross. The National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1979: 63, pl. 47.
1980Valdivieso, Enrique, and Juan Miguel Serrera. El Hospital de la Caridad de Sevilla. Seville, 1980: pl. 38, no. 1.
1981Angulo Iñiguez, Diego. Murillo: Su vida, su arte, su obra. 3 vols. Madrid, 1981: 1:396-398; 2:86-87, figs. 274-277.
1984Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 247, no. 316, color repro.
1985European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 290, repro.
1990Brown, Jonathan, and Richard G. Mann. Spanish Paintings of the Fifteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1990: 109-110, color repro. 111.
1992National Gallery of Art, Washington. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 87, repro.
1992Lectionary Homiletics 3, no. 4 (March 1992): 35, repro.
1997Tomlinson, Janis. From El Greco to Goya: Painting in Spain, 1561-1828, New York, 1997, no. 51, repro.
1997Good News, St. Louis, 1997: 9, repro.
1998Boeckl, Christine M. “Penitence/Repentance." In Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art. Edited by Helene E. Roberts. 2 vols. Chicago, 1998: 2:723.
2001Horgan, Marta. "The Golden Age of Spanish Art." Washington Parent (April 2001): 14, repro.
2004Hand, John Oliver. National Gallery of Art: Master Paintings from the Collection. Washington and New York, 2004: 168-169, no. 128, color repro.

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