Immaculate Conception, Bartolome Esteban Murillo – overview of the painting

Immaculate Conception, Bartolome Esteban Murillo – overview of the painting
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    • Posted by Bartolome Esteban Murillo
    • Museum: Hermitage
    • Year: 1680

Overview of the painting :

Immaculate Conception – Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 1680. Oil on canvas

This picture is one of the typical baroque images of saints, in many written by the artist in his life. But the canvas is a little surprising in its interpretation of the usual biblical plot. Most often, the immaculate conception appeared before the audience in the form of the Annunciation – the appearance of the angel of the Virgin Mary with the news that she was destined to give birth to the Savior. In the same picture, the scene is more reminiscent of another famous plot – the ascension of the Virgin.

The figure of the Virgin Mary is located in the center of the composition and is surrounded on all sides by many naked children’s figures – fellow angels, so beloved by the painting of the Baroque era. The Mother of God rests his feet on the crescent – a symbol of her divine essence and integrity, a sign of the Queen of Heaven.

Dressed by Virgin Mary in a long snow-white dress without decor, on which a dark blue cloak is asymmetrically thrown, beautifully draping around her body. Hands are crossed on the chest, and the eyes are raised up, the face expresses awe before the will of God, and a premonition of future suffering. Her head is surrounded by radiance.

The figure of Our Lady is highlighted not only composationally, but also with the help of light and color. Behind the back of the Virgin Mary, color takes on a reddish color, which compares its figure profitably, as if forcing it to glow. At the edges of the picture, in the diagonal direction, the background becomes dark, acquires cold deep shades. This technique allows you to give even more movement and expressiveness to the image.