Murillo’s style represents a confluence of Spanish Caravaggism, Venetian theatricality and Flemish Baroque. His works are an inventive fusion, integrating his talent for portraiture and genre painting into a highly distinctive religious idiom. His works were greatly admired, especially during the nineteenth century, but were later considered overly sentimental and religiose. He painted a wide variety of subjects from Biblical scenes to portraits and genre scenes, but his fame rests chiefly on his devotional works, especially subjects like the Immaculate Conception, dedicated to the cult of the Virgin Mary, which enjoyed enormous popularity in seventeenth-century Spain.
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Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, El Joven Murillo, 19 October – 17 Janruary 2010; travelled to Sevilla, Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla 18 Feb – 30 May 2010. Curated by Benito Navarrete Prieto and Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez.
Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) : Paintings from American Collections, 10 March –16 June 2002; travelled to Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 14 July – 6 October 2002. Curated by Suzanne L. Stratton.
Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Murillo in Focus, 16 November 1990 – 13 January 1991. Curated by Xanthe Brooke.
Madrid, Museo del Prado, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: 1617–1628, 8 October – 12 December 1982; travelled to London, Royal Academy of Arts, 15 January – 27 March 1983. Curated by Diego Angulo Iñiguez.
Books on Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Xavier F. Salomon, et al., Murillo: The Self-Portraits, exh. cat. New York, 2017.
Manuela M. Marqués and Virginia A. Martin, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), dibujos : catálogo razonado, Santander, 2015.
Gabriele Finaldi, ed., Murillo and Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship, exh. cat. Madrid, 2012.
Jonathan Brown, Murillo: Virtuoso Draftsman, New Haven, 2011.
Susanne Stratton-Pruitt and Jonathan Brown, Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682): Paintings from American Collections, exh. cat. New York, 2002.
Jonathan Brown and Richard G. Mann, Spanish Paintings of the Fifteenth through Nineteenth Centuries, Cambridge, 1990.
Diego Angulo Iñiguez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1617-1682, exh. cat. London, 1982.
Diego Angulo Iñiguez, Murillo: Su vida, su arte, su obra, 3 vols. Madrid, 1981.
Antonio Palomino de Castro y Lelasco, Lives of the Eminent Spanish Painters and Sculptors, 1715-24, trans. Nina Alaya Mallory, Cambridge, 1987.