Dr. Xavier Bray
Born in 1972, Dr. Xavier Bray holds dual citizenship, British and French. He graduated with an art history degree from University College 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 . He then 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 been involved in organising many exhibitions, including the recent 'Caravage, les dernières années', 'Velazquez' and 'The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Sculpture and Painting 1600-1700'. 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. He is currently Chief Curator at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.