Virgin and Child in Glory

Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 1673 about

WAG 1351

About this object

Murillo was the most important religious artist in Spain at the time this work was painted.

The altarpiece was commissioned by Ambrosio Ignacio Spnola y Guzmn, Archbishop of Seville (1670 - 84) for his private chapel in his Seville palace.

During the Spanish Peninsular War (1808 - 14) the palace was the headquarters of the French marshal Soult, who took the altarpiece with him as war booty. However, he did not have the central area of the canvas showing the faces of the Virgin and Child. The two separated parts were not reunited until they were acquired by the British collector Lord Overstone.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, born:31 Decemeber 1617, died:28 March 1682)
  • Date
    1673 about
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 236 cm x 169 cm
  • Physical description
    Figure of a dark-haired Virgin Mary wearing a deep blue cloak over a red robe holding in her arms a seated fair-haired baby Jesus, both of them gaze steadily at the spectator. The Virgin is standing on a base of clouds surrounded by many cherubs in a wide variety of different poses who emerge from a golden heaven. The painted surface is arched at the top.
  • Related people
    Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1351
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the Art Fund in 1953
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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