The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, December 22, 2014


Exhibition of Works by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo Focuses on a Crucial Period in His Career
A visitor looks at "Joven y la mujer Pitufar" which is part of the exhibition that opened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville. EFE/Jose Manuel Vidal.
SEVILLE.- Curated by Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Benito Navarrete, the exhibition will include fifty or so works by the young Murillo (Seville, 1617-82) from a crucial period in his career, one represented—through some particularly fine works—in the collections of both Bilbao and Seville Fine Arts Museums: St. Peter Weeping (c.1650-55) and St. Lesmes (c. 1655) in Bilbao, and St Francis (c.1645-50) and San Jerome (c. 1665-75) in Seville. Around 1640 Murillo achieved his first artistic successes, launching a career in the ascendant. During this early period Murillo produced an oeuvre marked by a taste for tenebrism and naturalism, a reflection of the durable influence of masters from the previous generation, like Zurbarán and Ribera, particularly in the way he plays with the light and dark and his close observation of his subject.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, was a Spanish painter, one of the most important figures in Baroque painting in Spain. Although he is best known for his religious works, Murillo also produced a considerable number of paintings of contemporary women and children. These lively, realist portraits of flower girls, street urchins, and beggars constitute an extensive and appealing record of the everyday life of his times.

Murillo was born in Seville, the youngest son in a family of fourteen. His father was the barber and surgeon Gaspar Esteban, and his mother's name was María Pérez Murillo. His parents died when Murillo was still very young, and the artist was largely brought up by his aunt and uncle. Murillo married Beatriz Cabrera in 1645; their first child, named Maria, was born shortly after their marriage. The mother and daughter became the subjects of two of his paintings; Madonna of the Rosary and Madonna and Child.

Murillo began his art studies under Juan del Castillo in Seville. Murillo became familiar with Flemish painting; the great commercial importance of Seville at the time ensured that he was also subject to influences from other regions. His first works were influenced by Zurbarán, Jusepe de Ribera and Alonso Cano, and he shared their strongly realist approach. As his painting developed, his more important works evolved towards the polished style that suited the bourgeois and aristocratic tastes of the time, demonstrated especially in his Roman Catholic religious works.

In 1642, at the age of 26 he moved to Madrid, where he most likely became familiar with the work of Velázquez, and would have seen the work of Venetian and Flemish masters in the royal collections; the rich colors and softly modeled forms of his subsequent work suggest these influences.[1] He returned to Seville in 1645. In that year, he painted thirteen canvases for the monastery of St. Francisco el Grande in Seville which gave his reputation a well-deserved boost. Following the completion of a pair of pictures for the Seville Cathedral, he began to specialise in the themes that brought him his greatest successes, the Virgin and Child, and the Immaculate Conception.

After another period in Madrid, from 1658 to 1660, he returned to Seville, where he died. Here he was one of the founders of the Academia de Bellas Artes (Academy of Art), sharing its direction, in 1660, with the architect, Francisco Herrera the Younger. This was his period of greatest activity, and he received numerous important commissions, among them the altarpieces for the Augustinian monastery, the paintings for Santa María la Blanca (completed in 1665), and others.

Murillo had many pupils and followers. The prolific imitation of his paintings ensured his reputation in Spain and fame throughout Europe, and prior to the 19th century his work was more widely known than that of any other Spanish artist.



Bilbao and Seville Fine Arts Museums | Esteban Murillo | Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez | Benito Navarrete |




Last Week News

February 22, 2010

Survey of the Work of Claude Monet Opens at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid

50 Solo Gallery Exhibitions to be Part of New York Gallery Week 2010

Exhibition Surveys the Impact of Picasso and His Circle in Paris

Portland Art Museum Opens Exhibition with Works that Leave Many "Disquieted"

Philip Johnson's Iconic New York State Pavilion Examined in Exhibition

Samuel Freeman Gallery Recreates Billy Al Bengston Show from the 60s

New Commission on Azerbaijan by Magnum's Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Exclusive Glimpse of the Rich History of the Fascinating World of Charm of Chanel

111 Small-Scale Paintings by Francis Alys at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

High to Host Exhibition Examining 20 Years of Innovation in European Design

Museum of Arts and Design Partners with Fountain Art Fair for a VIP Preview

A Solo Exhibition by Nebojsa Seric-Shoba to Open at Dumbo Arts Center

Retrospective of Architect's Career, Concludes International Tour at Yale

Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wylie at the ASU Art Museum

Shona Illingworth's Newly Commissioned Film Offers a Vivid Portrait of Balnakiel, a Remarkable Location

Royal BC Museum Presents Long-Term Vision to City of Victoria

Public Art Commission on the High Line Transforms the Way New Yorkers Experience the City through Sound

'If I Can't Dance...' to Take Over the Van Abbemuseum for Eighteen Hours

Exhibition of The European in African Art Anounced at Detroit Institute of Arts

Waddesdon and the V&A Partner with Brian and Anna Haughton for Art Antiques London

February 21, 2010

Paul Gauguin: The Breakthrough into Modernity Opens at the Van Gogh Museum

LACMA Announces Three Inaugural Exhibitions for New Exhibition Pavilion

Landmark Exhibition Reveals Deep Artistic Dialogue Among Early Impressionists

Big Names in Contemporary Art at ARCOmadrid_ 2010

Rosamund Felsen Gallery Presents Large-Scale Exhibition by Ann Preston

Tate Liverpool to Unveil New Commissions by Rineke Dijkstra

Poles Throw Bicentennial Bash for Composer Frederic Chopin

"Advertising for Health" on View at the Wolfsonian-FIU

Unique Writing Instruments Bring New World Auction Records

Lehman Brothers Art Collection Makes Over US$2.2 Million at Freeman's

First Major U.S. Exhibition in Nearly 40 Years on Joaquín Torres-García

Edward and Nancy Kienholz' The Hoerengracht to be Shown in Amsterdam

Absolut Unveils "I'm Here" in the UK, a Creative Collaboration with Spike Jonze

York Sculpture Park Showcases the Largest Display of Open-Air Bronzes by Henry Moore in Europe.

Steven Holl Architects Selected to Design New Arts Building for University of Iowa Arts Campus

Archive Material from Major 20th Century Theatrical Agencies Garners Rave Reviews at Bonhams & Butterfields

An Emerging Artist and a Nevada Artists Series to Launch at the Nevada Museum of Art

Exhibition of Lithographs by Pablo O'Higgins at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Creative Time Writes Louisville Master Plan for Public Art

Replica of Aztec Capital to be Built in Mexico

February 20, 2010

Rome Exhibition Showcases the Italian Master of Light, Shadow and Emotion: Caravaggio

New Work by James Rosenquist at Acquavella Galleries

Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture at Christie's New York in March

Renowned Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass to Speak in San Francisco

Prince of Wales is First Royal to Handle Hoard in 1,400 Years

Superflex Presents Three Recent Film Projects at Peter Blum Gallery

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Timeline Generates Online Buzz

PDNB Selects Special Photographs from Its Archive for New Exhibition

Massive Artwork Disappears from Witte de With Facade

All the Way to the Bank-sy: Banksy to go Up for Private Sale for 500,000

Iconic Prints on View at the National Gallery of Scotland

Jessica Jackson Hutchins "Kitchen Table Allegory" at Derek Eller Gallery

Peabody Museum Names Stephen Dupont as the 2010 Robert Gardner Fellow

Sotheby's Brings Highlights from Its Upcoming Sales to 19th International Horse Show

Mughal Jeweled Arts Mesmerize in Asia Exhibit

Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch Presents an Intervention at Vienna's Secession

Russian Museum Honors US World War II Veteran

Getty Villa Theater Series Offer Classic Works through a Modern Lens

Eleven Museums and Galleries Long-Listed for 100,000 Art Fund Prize 2010

Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the Persian New Year

February 19, 2010

Prince and Princess of Asturias Visit ARCOmadrid as It Rewards the Art of Collecting Art

Egypt's King Tutankhamun Born of Incestuous Marriage: Tests

Getty Museum and Sicilian Officials Launch Art Collaboration

Christie's to Offer Masterpieces from the Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi

Ants Invade Colombian Congress in Unique Art Display

Monumental Sculpture by Patricia Piccinini Acquired by Art Gallery of South Australia

Gallery's Iconic Shakespeare Painting Tours Britain for the First Time

Works by Giacometti Revealed as Part of Actor James Mason's Collection

Marlborough Fine Art Presents New Work by Thérese Oulton

National Gallery to Present an Exhibition of Acquisitions of the Past Decade

Historic Flag is Saved for the Nation by Bonhams Client

First UK Solo Exhibition Since the 1970s by Donald Locke

Portrait of Composer Gustav Holst Acquired with Charity Help

National Gallery of Canada Looking for Twins to Appear in a Performance Work by Damien Hirst

Crop of Core 2010 Artists and Scholars Unveil Year's Worth of Original New Work in Highly Anticipated, Annual Exhibition

Sharaku Interpreted by Japan's Contemporary Artists Opens at the State Museum

Dallas Museum of Art Expands smARTphone Initiative

Guggenheim Announces Animal Collective and Danny Perez Site-Specific Performance

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Announces New Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists

February 18, 2010

ARCO Madrid 2010, the International Contemporary Art Fair, Opens Its Doors

Beverly Pepper Exhibits Sixteen New Works at Marlborough

Musée du quai Branly Proposes the Discovery of an "Image Factory"

Second Solo Sculpture Show in the United States by Jaehyo Lee at Cynthia Reeves

National Gallery of Canada to Host "Pop Life: Art in a Material World"

Greatest Single Series of Drawings Ever Made on View at the Courtauld Gallery

Thomas Schütte Retrospective Opens at Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid

Exhibition on Preserving Modern Architecture on View in New York

Artist Yun-Fei Ji Exhibits New Works on Paper at James Cohan Gallery

New York Public Library Salutes Three Visionary Photographers with Exhibition

A Rare 1,200 Year Old Arabic Inscription was Discovered in Excavations

James Leventhal is New Deputy Director for Development at Jewish Museum

"Midnight Matinee" by Gary Simmons at Metro Pictures

Art Conference Spotlights Crisis, Help for New York Artists

Haitian Artists Put Quake Scenes on Canvas

British Artistic Team John Wood and Paul Harrison Debut First U.S. Museum Survey at the University Art Museum

Winners of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize to Unveil their Artworks at Art Dubai 2010

Monumental Bronze Sculptures by John Soderberg on View at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts

Tate App Now Available on the App Store

Most Comprehensive Presentation of the Work of Thornton Dial to Premiere at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

February 17, 2010

Tests Show King Tutankhamen Died from Malaria Infection, Study Says

Oscar Winning Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins Exhibits New Collection of His Artwork

Museum Marks Presidents Day with Release of Amateur Footage

More than 14,000 Objects Belonging to Juan and Evita Peron to be Auctioned

Photographs of Nocturnal Landscapes by Robert Adams at Matthew Marks Gallery

Famous Trumpeter, Herb Alpert, Exhibits Totems at Ace Gallery

Cultural Memory in Modern Turkish Art Explored at Istanbul Modern

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2010 on View at the Photographers Gallery

Frantisek Kupka: Art Works from the Pompidou Collection at Picasso Museum

Twenty-One Hand-Built Bicycles to Be Showcased at Museum of Arts and Design

Gauguin's Nevermore Wins Accolade of Most Romantic Artwork in Art Fund Poll

Sotheby's to Auction The Collection of Patricia Kluge at her Virginia Home

Leading Baroque Masters Together at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm

Wayne Thiebaud: Seventy Years of Painting at the San Jose Museum of Art

Artist Anthony Schrag Challenges the Public to Wrestle Him

Baltimore Museum of Art Presents First Exhibition to Explore Cézanne's Influence on American Art

Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China at the Cantor Arts Center

The Smithsonian and Arizona State University Create a Partnership for Education and Science

British Pavilion Artisitc Director Appointed for Venice Biennale 2010

AIA Selects Three Recipients for the 2010 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site