Saturday, October 15, 2011

Murillo, Bartolome Esteban

Esquilache Immaculate Conception
between 1645 and 1655
Oil on canvas
235 cm (92.5 in) x 196 cm (77.2 in)
Hermitage Museum

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682) was a Spanish Baroque painter. He was the youngest of fourteen children of a Sevillian barber.
Although he is best known for his religious works, Murillo also produced a considerable number of paintings of contemporary women and children. These lively, realist portraits of flower girls, street urchins, and beggars constitute an extensive and appealing record of the everyday life of his times.
Murillo had many pupils and followers. The prolific imitation of his paintings ensured his reputation in Spain and fame throughout Europe, and prior to the 19th century his work was more widely known than that of any other Spanish artist.