Bartolomé EstebanMURILLO Spain 1599 - 1682
Short biography of Murillo Bartolome Esteban Murillo was born in Seville, Spain in 1617, where he lived his entire life.
Most of his paintingsare of a religious nature and theme. His use of color and light gives a natural, human portrayal of religious figures. His paintings emphasized the peaceful and joyous aspects of Catholic spiritual life.
He painted scenes of children and many precise portraits of the Holy Family and saints. One striking characteristic of these works is the illuminated mist, populated with angels that surrounds the central figures.
Murillo founded a prestigious painting acadamy in 1660.Even today he is still considered a great universal master. Most of his paintings can be found in Madrid, Spain’s Prado Museum.
The Holy Family of the Little Bird(La Sagrada Familia del Pajarito)Painted: 1650ORIGINAL SIZE: 56.6" X 74.0"
The Good Shepherd(El Buen Pastor)Painted: 1660.ORIGINAL SIZE: 64.56" X 43.30" Murillo dominated the anatomy and expression of young children, creating many works with infant themes.In this case the peace and serenity that expresses the child with the lamb allowing itself to be caressed, tries to show the pleasure and peace a believer should experience in his faith.
The Boys of the Shell(Los Niños de la Concha)Painted: 1670.ORIGINAL SIZE: 40.9" X 48.8" This painting represents Jesus giving a drink to St. John under the heavens populated by the little angels.
Virgin with a Rosary(La Virgen del Rosario)Painted: 1950 / 55 .ORIGINAL SIZE: 64.56" by 43.30" All of Murillo's characteristics are found in this one piece, the vapourous atmosphere, the domination of the childish figure and expression, the detail, the idyllic feminine figure. Transmission of tranquility, interior peace, Murillo was an expert of the time in expressing devotion in his paintings, he uses the light and dark not only as a technique, but also a way to communicate to the onlooker´s soul.
The Immaculate Conception of Soult(La Immaculada de Soult)Painted: 1678.ORIGINAL SIZE: 87.40"x 46.45" One of Murillo´s later works, being one of the most solid and achieved of this master.The majestic plastic feel is accentuated by the atmospheric density that surrounds the figures. Curiousity: This painting was confiscated in 1813, by Napoleon´s general "Soult", later returned to the Prado Museum in 1940, hence the name.
The Immaculate from El Escorial(La Inmaculada de El Escorial)Painted: .ORIGINAL SIZE: 37.79" by 25.19" Of a smaller size than all the rest of his Virgin Mary´s, represents a glorious Immaculate, triumphant. Exaggerated with the great luminosity that surrounds her entire figure. The types of beautiful models that Murillo used in all his virgins, only promoted and accentuated their popularity and fame.
Immaculate of Crescent Moon(La Inmaculada de la Media Luna)Painted: .ORIGINAL SIZE: 81.10" by 56.69" A Immaculate different from the others in attitude not in composition, this being similar to the rest. The Virgin has a white countenance, far away eyes seem to give an impression of sadness for her lost son. The angels that surround her have all a serious look in their eyes, none are smiling. The vaporous style that gave so much fame to this artist is evident in this piece.