The 17th century Spanish artist, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was a Baroque painter most famous for his religious themed work, and his portraits of women and children. As a realist painter, his work provides us with a sense of what everyday life in Spain was like at the time. Murillo's use of warm and delicate colours create a subtle, hazy effect, which imbue spectators with spiritual calm and wonder. His influence carried on into the 18th & 19th century, but by the 20th century, interest in his work began to decline. Recent efforts by museums and scholars, however, now means he is making a come back, and there are a number of galleries you can visit to admire his work.
The National Art Gallery Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
The National Art Gallery has ten of his works on permanent display. These include one of his many depictions St. John as a child, The Infant Saint John with the Lamb (1660-1665), Murillo's depiction of John 5 from the New Testament, Christ healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda (1667-1670), and a portrait of A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill (1670-1680).
The Wallace Collection Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN
Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship is recently opened on the 6th February and will continue until the 19th May. The exhibition focusses on the relationship between Murillo and his friend & patron, Justino de Neve. There are over thirty paintings, including a portrait of de Neve, and the paintings he commissioned. The first room in the exhibit has been transformed to look like a 17th century Seville church, with The Immaculate Conception of the Venerables Sacerdotes forming the high altarpiece.