Artist

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Year
Seville ca. 1617/18 - 1682
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was one of the most important artists of the Spanish Baroque. He lived and worked in Seville for the entirety of his life and produced some of Spain’s most emblematic seventeenth-century religious works.

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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Top 3 auction prices

2,752,500 $
1998
4,302,123 $
2005
4,692,651 $
1990
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.

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