Bartolome Esteban Murillo – 400 years


Bartolome Esteban Murillo was a Spanish Baroque painter born in late December 1617.
He produced a number of paintings on women and children like realistic portraits of
flower girls, street urchins, beggars etc. Basically, he painted the record of everyday
life of his times. Murillo began his art studies under his uncle Antonio Perez who was
also a painter in Seville. Seville at that time was of great commercial importance which
ensured that he was influenced to arts from other regions.

In 1645, he married Beatriz Cabrera y Villalobos, the love of his life. In that year, he
painted 11 canvases which castes the elegance and beauty of the female figures and
the angels. Moreover, he portrays the realism of the still-life details and the fusion of reality with the spiritual world.

Bartolome Esteban Murillo moved to Madrid twice but returned back to Seville. Also, Murillo along with Francisco Herrera the Younger brother co-founded the Academia de Bellas Artes (Academy of Art).

He also received a numerous important commissions. Murillo had many follower as the imitation of his paintings gave him a reputed image in Spain and made famous throughout Europe. Before 19th century his work was known more than any other Spanish artist.

Google marks the 400 years of him with a doodle on 29th Nov,2018. His famous paintings are: “Joseph and Potiphar’s wife”,”Personification of summer”,”The girl with a Coin”, “Young Beggar” and many more.

He was truly a great artist who remained one of the most admired and popular of all European artists in the18th and early 19th century.

Bartolome Esteban Murillo Public Collections:

The Museo del Prado in Madrid; Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia;
and the Wallace Collection in London are among the museums holding works by Murillo.
However, his painting Christ on the Cross is at the Timken Museum of Art in San Diego. Christ After the Flagellation is at the Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois. His work also found at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.


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