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Bartolome Murillo was born in Seville, Spain on January 1, 1617 and was
orphaned at the age of ten. He studied under Juan del
Castillo. By the age of twenty-three he was already painting on
his own and selling his pictures itinerantly at fairs in Seville. His
early works are somewhat clumsy and heavy in color.
Madrid between 1641 and 1644, at which time he could have studied and
profited by the works of Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Correggio which
were to be seen there. This would explain his increasingly harmonious
color, the subtler atmosphere and the freer brushwork which soon began
to characterize his style. He worked for a time in 1642 under Velasquez
In 1660 he became the first president of the
Seville Academy of Painting, but resigned from office five years later.
In 1665 he began a series of twenty-two pictures for the altars of the
church of the Capuchin Convent. In 1682, while at work on a painting
for the high altar of the Capuchin Church of Cadiz, he fell from the
scaffold and sustained injuries which hastened his death.
Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.
Masterpieces of Art; Catalogue of the New York World's Fair 1940
Timken Art Gallery Catalogue
Metropolitan Museum of Art Miniatures: Masters of Spanish Painting
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