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Bartolome Esteban Murillo Biography, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : November 30, 2018

Short Biography

Bartolome Esteban Murillo was born on 31-12-1617 in Sevilla, Spain. He was a Spanish Painter.

Bartolome Esteban Murillo Complete Bio & Career

Murillo was first apprenticed to Juan Del Castillo in Seville, who was distantly related to his mother. He was influenced first by Spanish painters such as Jusepe de Ribera, Alonso Cano, and the Seventh Century Sevillian artist Francisco de Zurbarán, all of whom cultivateda realistic Tenebroso style, which was heavily influenced by the Italian Caravaggio. According to reports earlier Spanish authors he allegedly made to 1642 a trip to Madrid, where he is said to have studied in the royal art collections. 
In 1645, Murillo married in the Church of the Magdalena in Seville Beatriz Sotomayor y Cabrera, with whom he had at least ten children, but some of them died early. Murillo made his artistic breakthrough in 1645-46 when he made 11 large paintings for the cloister of the Monastery of St. Francis in Seville, which are now in various museums, including the poor feeding of St. Francis. Diego de Alcala, the angelic kitchen of St. Diego de Alcala and the death of St. Clare. In the mid-1650s, he was already considered one of Seville's leading painters and received several commissions for the cathedral. 
This promoted his reputation, and he was now a sought-after painter. He had a special success with his portraits of the Virgin Mary in the form of the Immaculate Conception which is already very popular and revered in Spain, and with the theme Virgin with Child, In addition, he painted countless other works on a variety of religious topics, many of them in such a natural and popular style, that they are "hardly distinguishable from genre images . The signs of his prosperity multiplied. In addition, Murillo was eager to use some of his wealth for charitable purposes. 
In 1657, he invested in an American trading company and bought slaves for his household.
In 1660, he founded the Academy of Fine Arts in Seville and became its president, next to Francisco de Herrera d. J. On the one hand, he was very keen to make his knowledge available to subsequent generations of artists. On the other hand to enhance the painting art academically. In 1663, his wife died and he stayed alone with four of his children, who gradually left the house. This was a serious blow to Murillo that caused that he was not in a position more than a year to paint new pictures? That was also the reason for him to join the Order of the Brothers of Charity. 
From that time, Murillo lived as a widower with his servants and his father Gaspar Esteban. Murillo's reputation as a very mature and artistically unmistakable painter of Seville spread throughout his life throughout Spain and other European countries. According to the biographer Antonio Palomino, King Charles II of Spain is said to have offered to move to Madrid around 1670 to continue working there as court painter. 
However, this anecdote is not documented documentary and Murillo stayed until the end of his life in Seville. According to legend, he died in poverty, mainly because he was willing to donate a lot of money for charity and his estate was modest. Most of the information about Murillo's personality comes from his biographer Palomino, who described him.

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

He died on 03-04-1682 in Sevilla, Spain at the age of 64.

DEATHDAY 3 April,1682 (Friday)

Bartolome Esteban Murillo Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Gaspar Esteban and Maria Perez Murillo. He was married to Beatriz Cabrera y Villalobos from 1645 to 1663.

Life's Important Dates Of Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Bartolome Esteban Murillo

  • In 1940, Murillo was honoured in Spain with his portrait appears on a banknote of 1,000 pesetas.
  • On the occasion of his 400th birthday, the "Murillo year" took place in Seville from mid-2017 to mid-2018.
  • His Statue was constructed in Madrid
  • He died in poverty, mainly because he was willing to donate a lot of money for charity
  • He fell from a scaffolding while painting in the Capuchin Church, and died a few months later.
  • Most of the information about Murillo's personality comes from his biographer Palomino.

Bartolome Esteban Murillo Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Bartolome Esteban Murillo was 64 years 3 months & 3 days old age.