The Immaculate Conception by Bartolome Esteban Murillo


The Immaculate Conception


Bartolome Esteban Murillo

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One of the themes that gave Murillo his success was the Immaculate Conception, and this is one beautiful example of his talent. The image shows the Virgin Mary, surrounded by a fleet of angels, floating upon the clouds. Although many of his paintings depicted a strong version of reality, this painting soars in imagination, the Virgin clothed in light, a halo shining from the top of her head. The many angels, who drift around her in a playful manner, look upon her as if she is a precious relic to be revered and protected. Some of the others reach out to touch her in a playful manner, as if she is already their mother. This picture is the more amazing when one considers the sublimity of the subject, the difficulty of giving expression to such a thought, and the genius with which the artist has revealed his idea through the medium of his brush.