Enter the new ‘Man’s Best Friend’ art competition

Late in his career, Bartolome Esteban Murillo created some of his most celebrated works for his friend and patron Justino de Neve. The exhibition, Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship, displayed at Dulwich Picture Gallery brings them together for the first time, offering new insight into both Murillo’s life and his artistic practices. Some of the exhibition paintings also feature adorable and beautifully painted animals which gave the inspiration for the latest Dulwich OnView art competition.

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Be inspired by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, the most popular Baroque 17th-century Spanish painter’s works. Over 30 of his paintings, many featuring adorable and beautifully painted animals are now on display at Dulwich Picture Gallery until 19 May 2013.

The challenge is simple: create an artwork of your favourite pet or animal and send a digital copy to competition@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

We accept up to 2 entries per person in any medium and any size*

After receiving the artwork in a digital version, it will be then uploaded onto Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Facebook page where the public can start voting for their favourite by clicking LIKE.


The competition will run in 2 age groups: under 16 and 16+


Send your artwork to competition@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk until: 1 May 2013

Public voting on the Gallery’s Facebook page closes: 2 May 2013

Announcement of the winners 3 May 2013 on Facebook and later on Dulwich OnView


  • Two winners (under 16 and 16+  Curator’s Choice Category) will be selected by by Dr. Xavier Bray, Curator of the exhibition
  • Two artworks receiving the highest number of ‘likes’ on the Gallery’s Facebook page will win the Public Vote Category (under 16 and 16+)
  • The winner’s prize will be a place on one of the Gallery’s award- winning art courses, an invitation to the next exhibition Private View and a signed exhibition catalogue!

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Image credits:

Top left: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Don Justino de Neve, 1665, oil on canvas, 206 x 129.5 cm, The National Gallery, London. Bought, 1979

Top right: Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), The Cottage Girl, 1785, Oil on canvas, 174 x 125.5 cm, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit Gift, 1987, National Gallery of Ireland Collection, Photo © National Gallery of Ireland, Photographer: Roy Hewson

Bottom left: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Foundation of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome: The Dream of the Patrician and his Wife, 1664-65, oil on canvas, 231 x 524 cm, Photographic Archive. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Bottom right: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Infant Saint John the Baptist with the Lamb, 1660-65, oil on canvas, 164 x 106 cm, The National Gallery, London.  Bought, 1953.

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Andrea Szeplaki

About Andrea Szeplaki

A trained journalist from Hungary Andrea has been living in London since 2006. Working for Dulwich Picture Gallery's Communications Team she is curiously searching for ways to promote the Gallery's events and activities in the local community. Apart from her passion for arts and handicrafts she is hoping to volunteer for a medical alert charity which trains dogs to assist children with diabetes.
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