13/1/11 – Appointment – Dulwich, Picture Gallery – Xavier Bray (ill.) replaced Xavier F. Salomon, after his departure to the Metropolitan Museum, as the chief curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery beginning of January 2011.
Born in 1972, Xavier Bray holds dual citizenship, British and French. He graduated with an art history degree from University College in London and Trinity College in Dublin, where he completed his dissertation, Royal Commissions as Political Propaganda in Spain under Charles III, in 1999. Before that, he had joined the National Gallery in London in 1998, then acted as chief curator at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao from October 2000 until July 2002 when he returned to the National Gallery in London where he was in charge of Spanish painting, one of the largest collections outside of Spain. Xavier Bray has helped to organize many exhibitions, including the recent Caravage, les dernières années (see article in French), Velazquez (see article in French) and The Sacred Made Real : Spanish Sculpture and Painting 1600-1700 (see article).
Besides preparing exhibition catalogues, he has also written several articles, mostly on Spanish painting and is currently working on various works : El Greco ; Goya, A Religious Painter, the catalogue of Spanish paintings at the National Gallery (with Dawson Carr) and a book on museums in India.