Madonna with rosary, Bartolome Esteban Murillo – overview of the painting

Madonna with rosary, Bartolome Esteban Murillo – overview of the painting
Madonna with rosary, Bartolome Esteban Murillo - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Bartolome Esteban Murillo
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1650-1655

Overview of the painting :

Madonna with rosary – Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 1650-1655. Oil on canvas. 164 x 110 cm

   This picture is a vivid example of how the artist “written” anachronism into a biblical plot. The Madonna is depicted on a canvas with rosario rosary (rozary) – a typical attribute of the Catholic faith. At the time of the artist, such rosary, as well as closely related prayers, were widespread and were considered an indispensable attribute of a truly believing Spaniard and Spaniard.

   The figures of Madonna with baby Jesus in her arms are depicted on a dark, rather gloomy background of a enclosed space, which is why the body of a child and the gentle bright skin of a woman seem to be simply shining with a special inner light. Virgin Mary sits on a massive bench, pressing the baby’s naked body to her. Both the mother and the son have strict, unflagging faces, as if they both foresee the future sadness, grief and suffering that will fall upon their family.

   In this picture, the master’s inherent sense of color and the ability to masterly convey the texture of the fabric were fully manifested. The draperies of the outfit of the Virgin Mary are so expressive that you can’t look away from them. Blue silky cloak throws purple glare on the rusty red fabric of the main dress, and the finest cream veil around the Virgin’s neck echoes its pale, porcelain skin. Both – both mother and child – without taking their eyes off, look directly at the viewer, literally penetrating the soul with their bright black eyes with the sorrow hidden in them.