Virgin and Child

Bartolomé Estebán Murillo Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 624

Murillo’s many depictions of the Virgin and Child were enormously successful: he endowed a conventional Catholic subject with newfound intimacy through soft modeling and naturalistic details such as this infant’s momentary diversion of attention from nursing, as if in response to the viewer’s presence. Like Zurbarán and Velázquez, Murillo was trained in Seville, where he spent his whole career. A copy of this painting was known to Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714), a painter working in Mexico City, who inserted these exact figures into works for the cathedrals of Mexico City and Guadalajara.

#5160. Virgin and Child, Part 1



  1. 5160. Virgin and Child, Part 1
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Virgin and Child, Bartolomé Estebán Murillo (Spanish, Seville 1617–1682 Seville), Oil on canvas

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