The Virgin and Child

Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban (1617-1682) | Painter


Murillo was one of the most celebrated painters in 17th-century Spain. His fame was due, amongst other things, to his numerous images of the Madonna, which were very popular. In this painting, Murillo succeeds in representing the Virgin Mary not as the unapproachable Mother of God but as a contemporary Spanish woman holding her child in a loving and tender way. This naturalistic portrayal was highly popular and was enthusiastically received by viewers both in Spain and elsewhere.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1670/80
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 705