The Immaculate Conception

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The Immaculate Conception


Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617 - 1682)




Spain (Place created)


about 1675 - 1680


Pen and brown ink over black chalk


19.7 x 13.2 cm (7 3/4 x 5 3/16 in.)

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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo pictured the Virgin Mary standing in the heavens upon a crescent moon, with her hands folded and loose squiggles of hair and cloak billowing to the left. To create the image, he first drew in black chalk, then rapidly drew the principal contours in pen and ink. Barely discernible are the faint chalk indications of the cloud studded with putti heads on which the Virgin stands, which Murillo did not reinforce, suggesting that he abandoned the sketch before completion.

Murillo's native city of Seville was devoted to the cult of the Immaculate Conception, so he painted and drew the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception many times.

Juanes to Goya: Spanish Drawings 1560 -1825 (September 14 to November 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 14 to November 28, 1999
Window onto Spain: Drawings and Prints from Ribera to Goya (February 17 to May 16, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 17 to May 16, 2004