Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

1617 - 1682
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
Detail from Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Self Portrait, probably 1670-3

Murillo was the leading painter in Seville in the later 17th century. He remained one of the most admired and popular of all European artists in the 18th and early 19th centuries. His early works were much influenced by the early works of Velázquez, executed before Velázquez left Seville in 1623, and by the paintings of Zurbarán.


Murillo's first famous cycle of paintings was produced for the cloister of the convent of San Francisco in Seville (1645). There followed paintings for the cathedral (1658), and a celebrated series for the church of the Caridad (1667-70), including the National Gallery's 'Christ healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda'.

Visits to Madrid (one certainly in 1658) would have made Murillo familiar with works by Rubens and Van Dyck and contemporary Italian painters. His style became increasingly free in its handling, as is apparent in his many well-known representations of the Immaculate Conception.

Related paintings

A Peasant Boy leaning on a Sill
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
1670-80
A Peasant Boy leaning on a Sill
Portrait of Don Justino de Neve
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
1665
Portrait of Don Justino de Neve
Self Portrait
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
probably 1670-3
Self Portrait
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
about 1675-82
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities
The Infant Saint John with the Lamb
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
1660-5
The Infant Saint John with the Lamb
The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and studio
17th century
The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin
Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness
Probably by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
1660-70
Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness
A Young Man Drinking
Style of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
1700-50
A Young Man Drinking
The Birth of the Virgin
After Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
after 1804
The Birth of the Virgin
 
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