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The Virgin of the Rosary

Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

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Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 1650

Baroque
oil
canvas
religious painting

One of his earliest works, this painting depicts one of Murillo’s favorite themes, the Virgin and the Child. The virgin sits in a vibrant red dress on a deep blue shawl, holding the unclothed child, who stands on her lap. The two figures hold each other in a tender embrace, as only a mother and a child can do, which is a typical element of Murillo’s paintings. This tender touch is indicative of a realistic element that is present in all of Murillo’s paintings, almost as it is a snapshot of the two figures before they were completely posed, as if in a candid photograph.

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