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The Immaculate Conception of El Escorial
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Immaculate Conception of El Escorial
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

In this personification of the Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception, the protagonist, although still very youthful, is not as childlike as those of Zurbarán and Velázquez and lacks t [+]

The Foundation of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The Patrician recounts his Dream to the Pope
Oil on canvas. 1664 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Foundation of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The Patrician recounts his Dream to the Pope
Oil on canvas. 1664 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

This painting and its companion, The Patrician’s Dream (P994), are among Murillo’s most renowned works. The two arched works were intended to hang beneath a small dome in the recently remodeled Sevill [+]

The Vision of Saint Francis in the Portiuncula
Oil on canvas. 1670 - 1680
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Vision of Saint Francis in the Portiuncula
Oil on canvas. 1670 - 1680
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

As Saint Francis prayed in the chapel of the Portiuncula, Christ and the Virgin appeared to him. Murillo used the flowers, angels, clouds and light to create a link between everyday reality and the sp [+]

The Conversion of Saint Paul
Oil on canvas. 1675 - 1682
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Conversion of Saint Paul
Oil on canvas. 1675 - 1682
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Saint Paul fell from his horse as he heard Christ’s words “Why persecutest thou me?” which brought about his conversion. Murillo’s interpretation is notably dynamic, making use of the contrast between [+]

The Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Bernard
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Bernard
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

The Virgin appears miraculously to Saint Bernard to offer him her milk as a reward for his praises and defense. The Saint is surprised while studying and falls to his knees. His desk and bookshelves a [+]

The Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Ildephonsus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Ildephonsus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

This miraculous scene from the life of Saint Ildefonso portrays the moment when the Virgin descended from Heaven to give him a chasuble as a prize for his praises. The choice of this subject correspon [+]

Rebecca and Eliezer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
Rebecca and Eliezer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

In his search for a wife for his master, Isaac, Eliezer encountered Rebecca, who offered him water from her pitcher by the well. The biblical account offered Murillo the perfect pretext for depicting [+]

The Virgin and Child
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Virgin and Child
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

In this painting, the Virgin is seated on a stone bench and is, herself, serving as a throne for the Christ Child, who rests on her right leg. The Virgin and Child are slightly larger than life-size a [+]

The Virgin of the Rosary
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Virgin of the Rosary
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

In 1836, the English critic John Ruskin lavished praise on Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s technique and identified the uniqueness of his approach: It is true that his Virgins are never such goddes [+]

Saint Anne teaching the Virgin to read
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
Saint Anne teaching the Virgin to read
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Painters from Seville were very fond of this apocryphal episode from the Virgin’s childhood. Here, Murillo used it to bring various levels of reality into a single pictorial space: first, historical r [+]

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