Biography of Bartolome Esteban Murillo


Murillo, Bartolome Esteban. Born in 1617. Spanish painter, pupil of Juan del Castillo. After living in great poverty, made the acquaintance of Velasquez, who introduced him to the Escorial. He made a reputation by his pictures in the "Claustro Chico" of the Seville Franciscan Convent, and afterwards painted Madonnas and holy families, his "chef-d'oeuvre" being "The Immaculate Conception," now in the Louvre. Murillo died in 1682 from the effects of a fall from scaffolding when engaged on a picture of "The Espousals of St. Catherine."