Peter Murray Memorial Lecture given by Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, London
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Clore Building
Booking details: Free entry; booking required
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Gabriele Finaldi has been Director of the National Gallery since 2015. He was previously Deputy Director for Collections and Research at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, a position he took up in 2002. Prior to his role at the Prado, he was a curator at the National Gallery between 1992 and 2002, where he was responsible for the later Italian paintings in the collection (Caravaggio to Canaletto) and the Spanish collection (Bermejo to Goya). Finaldi studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he completed his doctorate in 1995 on the 17th-century Spanish painter who worked in Italy Jusepe de Ribera. He has curated exhibitions in Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium and the US. He has written catalogues and scholarly articles on Velázquez and Zurbarán, Italian Baroque painting, religious iconography.
The Peter Murray Memorial Lecture is supported by the Murray Bequest, established in honour of Peter Murray. Peter Murray was a founding member of Birkbeck's Department of History of Art, where he was Professor until 1980.
Please join us afterwards for a wine reception in the Clore Building.