The Frick Collection’s recently acquired masterpiece by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo is one of only two known self-portraits by the Spanish artist. Salomon explores the fascinating history of the painting, relating it to Murillo’s other portraits and to his career.
Xavier F. Salomon is the Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection. Previously, he was Curator in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and, before that, the Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, where he curated Van Dyck in Sicily, 1624–25: Painting and the Plague (2012) and collaborated with Nicholas Cullinan on Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters (2011). As an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection (2004-6), he curated Veronese's Allegories: Virtue, Love, and Exploration in Renaissance Venice (2006). Along with Colin B. Bailey, he organized Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery for the Frick in 2010. Salomon received his Ph.D. on the patronage of Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is a noted scholar of Paolo Veronese and is the curator of the exhibition on the artist at the National Gallery, London (March – June 2014).
This lecture was recorded Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at The Frick Collection, New York