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Saint John the Baptist as a Child
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
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Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Sevilla, 1617 - Sevilla, 1682

Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban See author's file

Saint John the Baptist as a Child

XVII century. Black chalk on yellow laid paper. Not on display

The young saint sits on the ground, embracing a lamb and holding the cane cross in his left hand. This work is directly related to the painting that belonged to the Duke of Westminster. Mayer (1926) considered it a preparatory work for that one. Nonetheless, it may conceivably have been derived from that canvas by one of the artist’s innumerable later imitators, as its graphic style differs considerably from that of other confirmed drawings with analogous technique (Text from Pérez Sánchez, A.E.: Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, 1972, 106).


Technical data

Inventory number
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
Saint John the Baptist as a Child
XVII century
Black chalk
Yellow laid paper
Height: 179 mm.; Width: 209 mm.
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Mayer, August L., The painting by Murillo, The Burlington magazine, 48, 1926, pp. 251.

Sánchez Cantón, F. J., Dibujos Españoles (T.V). Siglo XVII, Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1930, pp. 417.

Mayer, August L., Anotaciones a obras murillescas, Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones, 1934, pp. 16.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol.I. Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, Madrid, 1972, pp. 106.

Brown, Jonathan, Murillo. Virtuoso draftsman, Yale University Press, 2012, pp. 279.

Valdivieso, Enrique., La Escuela de Murillo: Aportaciones al conocimiento de sus discípulos y seguidores., Editorial Universidad de Sevilla: Ayuntamiento de Sevilla, Sevilla, 2018, pp. 399.

Other inventories +

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 87.

Inv. General, Sección 3ª. Dibujos, grabados, acuarelas y miniaturas, 1879. Núm. 150.
150. San Juan con el Cordero. A. B. E. Murillo. alto 0,20 ancho 0,22. marco negro y cristal.

Inscriptions +

87 [En el paspartú]
Printmaking. Front, lower right corner


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Update date: 06-04-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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