Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA curator of European paintings, was at Meadow Brook Hall in February presenting a lecture when a painting in the corner of the room caught his eye; it turned out to be a work by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo! Murillo, who is considered one of the five pillars of Spanish Golden age art, created the painting, titled "The Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness," around 1670. 

Because the painting belongs to the Meadow Brook collection, the DIA has entered into an agreement with Oakland University to allow a group of students to observe the conservation and scientific analysis that DIA specialists are undertaking. Once the conservation treatment is completed, the work will be on loan to the DIA for five years, beginning in February 2014, before returning to Meadow Brook.

Image: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, ca. 1655–1670, oil on canvas, 85 x 72 cm, Meadow Brook Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan