Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016
Xavier Bray Threadneedle Prize
Dr. Xavier Bray has been Assistant Curator of 17th and 18th Century European paintings at the National Gallery, London, since 2002. He completed his doctoral dissertation, Royal Religious Commissions as Political Propaganda in Spain under Charles III at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1999.
Between 1998 and 2000, he was Assistant Curator at the National Gallery in London, where he co-curated exhibitions such as Orazio Gentileschi at the Court of Charles I (1998-99), A Brush with Nature. The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil Sketches (1999) and The Image of Christ: Seeing Salvation (2000). He was also the curator of a Room I exhibition on Goya’s Family of the Infante Don Luis (2001-2002).
Between 2000 and 2002 he was the Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao where he organised exhibitions such as An Intimate Vision - Women Impressionists (2001-2002) and a focused exhibition on Vicente López: Court Painter to Fernando VII (2002). On his return to the National Gallery in 2002 he was the co-curator of El Greco (2004), Caravaggio (2005), Velázquez (2006).
He has recently curated his first solo exhibition, The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700 (Autumn 2009) and is now working on an exhibition of Goya’s Portraits.