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Murillo, Bartolomé Estebanlocked

(b Seville, bapt Jan 1, 1618; d Seville, March 28, 1682).
  • Manuela B. Mena Marqués

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Spanish painter and draughtsman. He combined 17th-century realism with a taste for serene, sweet and sentimental beauty. His large output of religious works included numerous treatments of the Immaculate Conception, and he was also one of the greatest portrait painters of his time. However, his fame abroad was established most especially by his genre pictures of children. His works were highly prized by collectors, particularly in the 18th century, and his painting, which was well known in other European countries, particularly England and France, served as an example to such artists as Gainsborough, Reynolds and Greuze....

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J. A. Ceán Bermúdez: Diccionario histórico de los más ilustres profesores de las bellas artes en España, 6 vols (Madrid, 1800/R 1965)