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It begins! The conservation of Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory

16 March 2017 by Olympia Diamond

Detail image before treatment of Virgin and Child in Glory, c. 1673

Upon viewing Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory at the Walker, I admit, I was a bit overwhelmed by the subject staring down at me. However, after it arrived in our paintings conservation studio and was removed from its brightly gilded frame, the painting was subdued yet quietly powerful.  And in need of some care and attention…
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Revealing the dramatic history behind Murillo’s iconic altarpiece

22 November 2016 by Felicity

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s painted altarpiece, Virgin and Child in Glory (1673), has left the Walker Art Gallery for the first time since it was acquired in 1953.

The iconic work has travelled to our conservation studio where it will undergo major technical investigation work, funded by the Art Fund. This will be the first detailed conservation treatment to be carried out on the altarpiece since the early 1860s. Read more…

Discover the Walker’s highlights

12 September 2013 by Louise

Self portrait of Rembrandt with light falling over the left side of his face

‘Self-portrait as a young man’, Rembrandt Van Rijn

The Walker Art Gallery’s audio guide provides a brilliant introduction to the gallery’s highlights.  This morning I decided to use the audio guide to find out a little bit more about 17th and 18th century art; and two paintings that I found particularly interesting were Rembrandt’s ‘Self portrait as a young man’ (c.1630) and Gainsborough’s ‘Isabella, Viscountess Molyneux, later Countess of Sefton’ (1769).  Read more…



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