Portrait of Don Justino de Neve

The painting is inscribed and dated 1665 on the panel beneath the coat of arms. Don Justino de Neve was a canon of Seville Cathedral and a close friend of Murillo. He was instrumental in commissioning two of Murillo's celebrated series of church decorations, those of S. Maria la Blanca (1662/5) and those for the Hospital of the Venerable Sacerdotes (1670s), the foundation to which the portrait was left on Don Justino's death in 1685.

The painting was considered a masterpiece among Murillo's comparatively rare portraits by early writers on the artist, who singled out for praise the dog to the right, which directs attention to his master. In its relative austerity the design recalls Roman ecclesiastical portraits.

Key facts

Artist dates
1617 - 1682
Full title
Portrait of Don Justino de Neve
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
206 x 129.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1979
Inventory number
Location in Gallery