Here's a question for anybody in the know. In the RC Cathedral in Waterford is this painting, beside this sign
It is on the wall on the north aisle, in a badly lit position, with apparently no protection whatsoever. Is this actually an autograph Murillo?! I'm not very knowledgeable about paintings, but I find it hard to believe such a valuable piece would be hung here, in such a way. Maybe if it was in the high altar. Or is it by a namesake of of the great Spanish painter? I'm quite sure it's not a print. It was behind a glassed frame, and looked like canvas as far I can tell. It's certainly brilliant anyway.
I am inclined to doubt that B.E. Murillo is the painter of this picture. I have looked at a catalogue of his works and find no reference to it. Also, the heart suggests a connection with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which really only got underway as a popular exercise from the early 18th century - under the impulse of Queen Mary, Consort of James II. At a guess, I am inclined to loacte this picture among the 18th. century Italian masters - possibly Mengs or more likely Trevisani.
Tobias Kirby, born 1 January 1803 at Tallow, Co. Waterford, vice rector and rector of the Irish College, Rome, and Titular Bishop of Letaea (1881) and subsequently titular Archbishop of Epheseus (1886-1895), had an interesting collections of Italian masters with several fine pictures by Trevisani, an interesting picture that could well be by Reni, and several Madonnas by 18th.century Italian painters of the Roman/Bolognese school. He left his collection to the Irish College in Rome after his death on 20 January 1895. The collection was plundered by a series of unenlightened avaritious rectors of the same college. The vestiges of the collection can be seen in the public rooms of the Irish College, Rome. Kirby was an indefatigable letter writer and his correspondence with Cardinal Cullen of Dublin is in the archive of Dublin Diocese while Cullen's correspondence (and that of many others in Ireland) is in the archive of the Irish Colege in Rome. This correspondence often contains material about the purchase of artistic fittings for churches in Ireland - as demonstrated by the purchase of two altars for Mitchelstown, Co. Cork that were subsequently shipped through Civitavecchia to Cork and eventually erected in the parish church and in the Presentation Convent. Both, unfortunately have disappeared and there is the distinct possibility that the over educated ladies of the Presentation sold the altar that was in their Mitchelstown convent!!.